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A formal account of dishonesty

Sakama, Chiaki, Caminada, Martin and Herzig, Andreas 2015. A formal account of dishonesty. Logic Journal of the IGPL 23 (2) , pp. 259-294. 10.1093/jigpal/jzu043

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This article provides formal accounts of dishonest attitudes of agents. We introduce a propositional multi-modal logic that can represent an agent's belief and intention as well as communication between agents. Using the language, we formulate different categories of dishonesty. We first provide two different definitions of lies and provide their logical properties. We then consider an incentive behind the act of lying and introduce lying with objectives. We subsequently define bullshit, withholding information and half-truths, and analyse their formal properties. We compare different categories of dishonesty in a systematic manner, and examine their connection to deception. We also propose maxims for dishonest communication that agents should ideally try to satisfy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Additional Information: First published online: December 29, 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1367-0751
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 16:57

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