By Dieter Probst, Peter Schuster

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Accordingly, the nonmonotonic semantics for such inference relations will also be based on worlds. The resulting nonmonotonic formalism will provide a complete characterization of the reasoning with causal theories of [McCain and Turner, 1997]. In addition, causal inference relations will be shown to correspond to biconsequence relations in a particular four-valued language. Finally, it will be shown that causal inference relations provide also a natural logical representation for logic programs under a broad range of declarative semantics for the latter.

In what follows, we will always assume that the sequents of a sequent theory do not contain repeated occurrences of propositions. , a h A, A, b is reducible to a \- A, b, any sequent theory can be safely assumed to be of this form. We will begin with the description of supported theories. For any locally . finite sequent theory A, we will define its completion, comp(A), as the set of all classical formulas of the form A^\J{/\(aU^b) | ah 6,A G A}, plus the set {-> /\a\ a\-£ A}. If we will treat propositions of the underlying language as propositional atoms, it should be clear that the classical models of the above classical propositional theory will stand in one-to-one correspondence with certain sets of propositions.

It also forms a mediating link between the preceding formalism of biconsequence relations, and systems of production and causal inference described in the next chapter. Chapter 8, Production and Causal Inference, introduces a first full- Introduction 17 fledged logical formalism of this study that is based on the classical language. Production inference relation is an inference system for causal rules of the form A => B that originates in input/output logics of [Makinson and van der Torre, 2000].