Process and Policy: Resource-Bounded Non-Demonstrative Reasoning

Ronald P. Loui, Washington University in St Louis


This paper investigates the appropriateness of formal dialectics as a basis for non-monotonic and defeasible reasoning that takes computational limits seriously. Rules that can come into conflict should be regarded as policies, which are inputs to deliberative processes. Dialectical protocols are appropriate for such deliberations when resources are bounded and search is serial.