Modelling Moral Debate using Reason-based Abstract Argumentation Theory

Alex Jackson*, Michael Luck, Elizabeth Black

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Abstract

Using an extended form of abstract argumentation, we model moral debate formally and define a game for computational ethics that involves human moral judgements. In general, the absence of universal criteria for assessing moral reasoning makes defining a formal representation of moral debate challenging. In this work, we unify John Broome’s concept of a ‘reason’ with argumentation theory, and demonstrate our formalism with a debate on trolley problem moral dilemmas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication37th International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2023)
Subtitle of host publicationWorkshop on AI meets Moral Philosophy and Moral Psychology
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2023
Event37th International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NeurIPS 2023 - New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 202316 Dec 2023
Conference number: 37
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Conference

Conference37th International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NeurIPS 2023
Abbreviated titleNeurIPS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period10/12/202316/12/2023
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Keywords

  • Formal Logic
  • Argumentation
  • Argumentation Schemes
  • Reasoning
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • AI Safety
  • Computational Dialogue

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