Moral conflicts between groups of agents

Barteld Kooi*, A. Tamminga

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Abstract

Two groups of agents, G1 and G2, face a *moral conflict* if G1 has a moral obligation and G2 has a moral obligation, such that these obligations cannot both be fulfilled. We study moral conflicts using a multi-agent deontic logic devised to represent reasoning about sentences like 'In the interest of group F of agents, group G of agents ought to see to it that phi'. We provide a formal language and a consequentialist semantics. An illustration of our semantics with an analysis of the Prisoner's Dilemma follows. Next, necessary and sufficient conditions are given for (1) the possibility that a single group of agents faces a moral conflict, for (2) the possibility that two groups of agents face a moral conflict within a single moral code, and for (3) the possibility that two groups of agents face a moral conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Philosophical Logic
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2008

Keywords

  • consequentialism
  • moral conflicts
  • multi-agent deontic logic
  • stit logic
  • DILEMMAS

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