Local Supermajorities

Fabrizio Cariani*

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Abstract

This paper explores two non-standard supermajority rules in the context of judgment aggregation over multiple logically connected issues. These rules set the supermajority threshold in a local, context sensitive way—partly as a function of the input profile of opinions. To motivate the interest of these rules, I prove two results. First, I characterize each rule in terms of a condition I call ‘Block Preservation’. Block preservation says that if a majority of group members accept a judgment set, then so should the group. Second, I show that one of these rules is, in a precise sense, a judgment aggregation analogue of a rule for connecting qualitative and quantitative belief that has been recently defended by Hannes Leitgeb. The structural analogy is due to the fact that Leitgeb sets thresholds for qualitative beliefs in a local, context sensitive way—partly as a function of the given credence function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-406
Number of pages16
JournalErkenntnis
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Logic

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