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Austrian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Issue 9-10/2015

A modal account of the initial position

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29013/AJH-15-9.10-55-57

Pages: 55 - 57

Authors: Cipriani E.

Abstract: Rawls’s thought experiment of initial position is one of the most discussed topic in philosophy, ethics and social science, and has been presented and criticized in different ways and by different approaches. In this paper, I will provide two criticisms against Rawls’s hypothesis, and I will express them by using modal logic and possible world semantics. My aim is to show how Rawls’s experiment is “computationally impossible” and how modal logic and possible world theory can be useful in social choice theory

Keywords: Initial position, Veil of ignorance, Modal logic, Possible worlds computation, Relevant fragments, Rigid-designator.

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