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Logical Dynamics of Information and Interaction

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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765794

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  • This book develops a new view of logic as a theory of information-driven agency and intelligent interaction between many agents – with conversation, argumentation and games as guiding examples. It provides one uniform account of dynamic logics for acts of inference, observation, questions and communication, that can handle both update of knowledge and revision of beliefs. It then extends the dynamic style of analysis to include changing preferences and goals, temporal processes, group action and strategic interaction in games. Throughout, the book develops a mathematical theory unifying all these systems, and positioning them at the interface of logic, philosophy, computer science and game theory. A series of further chapters explores repercussions of the ‘dynamic stance' for these areas, as well as cognitive science.

    • Fresh look at long-standing philosophical problems, providing new insight into logic and its applications
    • Covers a broad range of themes including logic, philosophy, computer science, mathematics, linguistics, game theory and other fields
    • Presents logic as a theory of information-driven rational agency and intelligent interaction, providing readers with information to understand the foundations of information in science and society
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    "...It will whet the appetite of most readers and direct them to the best resources for further investigation, and will then be a constant source of enrichment to gain further insights and have a better overview of the field. The book is never short of views, conceptions, intuitions, and suggestions which will greatly inspire all researchers in the field. Each chapter ends with a list of additional developments and often open problems, which allows one to have different levels of reading, and will prove an invaluable resource for years to push further the boundaries of this exciting domain research."
    --Eric A. Martin, Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765794
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 147 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Logical dynamics, agency, and intelligent interaction
    2. Epistemic logic and semantic information
    3. Dynamic logic of public observation
    4. Multi-agent dynamic-epistemic logic
    5. Dynamics of inference and awareness
    6. Questions and issue management
    7. Soft information, correction, and belief change
    8. An encounter with probability
    9. Preference statics and dynamics
    10. Decisions, actions, and games
    11. Processes over time
    12. Epistemic group structure and collective agency
    13. Logical dynamics in philosophy
    14. Computation as conversation
    15. Rational dynamics in game theory
    16. Meeting cognitive realities
    17. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Johan van Benthem, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Johan van Benthem is University Professor of Logic at the University of Amsterdam, Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, and Weilun Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of Language in Action (1991) and Exploring Logical Dynamics (1996) and an editor of the Handbook of Modal Logic (2006), the Handbook of Spatial Logics (2007) and Philosophy of Information (2008).

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