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Addressing Moral Problems Through Practical Katie Atkinson and Trevor Bench-Capon

Summary: Addressing Moral Problems Through Practical
Katie Atkinson and Trevor Bench-Capon
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
In this paper, following the work of Hare, we consider moral reasoning not as
the application of moral norms and principles, but as reasoning about what ought to
be done in a particular situation, with moral norms perhaps emerging from this rea-
soning. We model this situated reasoning drawing on our previous work on argu-
mentation schemes, here set in the context of Action-Based Alternating Transition
Systems. We distinguish what prudentially ought to be done from what morally
ought to be done, consider what legislation might be appropriate and characterise
the differences between morally correct, morally praiseworthy and morally excus-
able actions. We also describe an implementation which simulates this reasoning
and discuss some issues arising from the simulation.
Keywords: Practical Reasoning, Argumentation, Values, Audiences, Moral Princi-
ples, AATS.


Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences