A Logical Account of Dishonesty by Martin Caminada

Today Martin Caminada (Cardiff University) is visiting Swansea. He will give a talk about “A Logical Account of Dishonesty” as a part of out Theory seminar series.

Abstract: Although formal logic is usually applied to reason about truth, in the current  resentation we apply it to reason about dishonesty. Based on work in philosophy, we provide a  formalisation of different forms of dishonesty, including lies, half-truth and bullshit, and discuss their formal properties. We also provide maxims for dishonest communication, that agents should ideally try to satisfy, both for moral and self-interested reasons.