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Deontic reasoning: From ancient texts to artificial intelligence

Time: Mon-Fri, 11-13 June 2018, 09:00-18:30
Venue: Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, seminar room 2.25, 2nd floor
Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Vienna
Organisation: Elisa Freschi


Normative statements are enormously important in a variety of fields—from law and ethics to artificial intelligence. Reasoning with and about them requires deontic logic, which represents a quite recent area of research. By contrast, for more than two millennia, Mīmāṃsā, one of the most important systems of Indian philosophy, focused on the analysis of normative statements.

The workshop will bring together experts from the fields of logic, Sanskrit, philosophy, artificial intelligence and law for talks and brainstorming discussions. Central questions that will function as guiding threads will be:

How can we learn from and use these ancient analyses with respect to the present quest for legal reasoning or reasoning about ethical machines (e.g., self-driving cars)?

And vice versa, how can contemporary formal tools, such as logic or argumentation framework, enhance our understanding of ancient texts?

The workshop is part of the project Reasoning tools for deontic logic and applications to Indian sacred texts.

For more on the workshop, please check the workshop's website.

Kindly register your participation by 21 May 2018 with an email to


Interested scholars of the IKGA

Matthias Baaz (TU Wien)

David Brick (Michigan University)

Patrick Cummins (Cornell University)

Dov Gabbay (King's College London)

Eberhard Guhe (Fudan University)

Thomas Eiter (TU Wien)

Lawrence McCrea (Cornell University)

Sanjay Modgil (King's College London)

Andrew Ollett (Harvard University)

Xavier Parent (University of Luxembourg)

Parimal Patil (Harvard University)

Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute)

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