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Reasoned Assumptions and Pareto Optimality


Jon Doyle

December 1984 -- Revised January 1985 oot This paper is based on a talk presented at the CSLI Workshop on Planning and Practical Reasoning, Stanford University, June 1984.

Default and non-monotonic inference rules are not really epistemological statements, but are instead desires or preferences of the agent about the makeup of its own mental state epistemic or otherwise . The fundamental relation in non-monotonic logic is not so much self-knowledge as self-choice or self-determination, and the fundamental justification of the interpretations and structures involved come from decision theory and economics rather than from logic and epistemology.

6 pages

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