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A LOGICAL MODELING OF SEVERE IGNORANCE

Bonzio, Stefano and Fano, Vincenzo and Graziani, Pierluigi (2022) A LOGICAL MODELING OF SEVERE IGNORANCE. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In the logical context, ignorance is traditionally defined recurring to epistemic logic $S_4$ \cite{Hintikka1962}. In particular, an agent ignores a formula $\varphi$ when s/he does not know neither $\varphi$ nor its negation $\neg\varphi$: $\neg\K\varphi\land\neg\K\neg\varphi$ (where $\K$ is the epistemic operator for knowledge). In other words, ignorance is essentially interpreted as ``lack of knowledge''. \textcolor{red}{This received view has - as we point out - some problems, in particular we will highlight how it does not allow to express a type of content-theoretic ignorance, i.e. an ignorance of $\varphi$ that stems from an unfamiliarity with its meaning.} Contrarily to this trend, in this paper, we introduce and investigate a modal logic having a primitive epistemic operator $\I$, modeling ignorance. Our modal logic is essentially constructed on the modal logics based on weak Kleene three-valued logic introduced by Krister Segerberg \cite{Segerberg67}. Such non-classical propositional basis allows to define a Kripke-style semantics with the following, very intuitive, interpretation: a formula $\varphi$ is ignored by an agent if $\varphi$ is neither true nor false in every world accessible to the agent. As a consequence of this choice, we obtain \textcolor{red}{a type of content-theoretic} notion of ignorance, which is essentially different from the traditional approach based on $S_4$. \textcolor{red}{We dub it \emph{severe ignorance}.} We axiomatize, prove completeness and decidability for the logic of reflexive (three-valued) Kripke frames, which we find the most suitable candidate for our novel proposal and, finally, compare our approach with the most traditional one.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bonzio, Stefanostefano.bonzio@unica.it
Fano, Vincenzovincenzo.fano@uniurb.it
Graziani, Pierluigipierluigi.graziani@uniurb.it
Keywords: Ignorance, three-valued modal logic, Bochvar external logic, weak Kleene logic.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Depositing User: Dr. Pierluigi Graziani
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 16:01
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 16:01
Item ID: 20401
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Date: March 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20401

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