The rationale behind the concept of goal

Guido Governatori, Francesco Olivieri, Simone Scannapieco, Antonino Rotolo, Matteo Cristani

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The paper proposes a fresh look at the concept of goal and advances that motivational attitudes like desire, goal and intention are just facets of the broader notion of (acceptable) outcome. We propose to encode the preferences of an agent as sequences of alternative acceptable outcomes. We then study how the agent's beliefs and norms can be used to filter the mental attitudes out of the sequences of alternative acceptable outcomes. Finally, we formalise such intuitions in a novel Modal Defeasible Logic and we prove that the resulting formalisation is computationally feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-324
Number of pages29
JournalTheory and Practice of Logic Programming
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2016


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