Cleo Condoravdi & Leon van der Torre

Language & Logic

Week Two - 9.00-10.30 - Level: I

Room: N9


The aim of the course is to enable dialogue between practitioners of logical and linguistic approaches to deontic modality, broadly construed. We present the basic issues raised by normative and action-guiding modalities and the principal linguistic and logical approaches to them, highlighting their conceptual similarities and differences. We assess the import of inference patterns and paradoxes of Deontic Logic within the larger context of linguistic meaning and use. The course presents new developments in deontic logic and in the semantic analysis of modal expressions, as part of an in-depth discussion of two problems that feature in current debates: the miners problem and anankastic conditionals.