We give informal definitions of the concepts of direct and indirect common belief, illustrating them by an example. We then provide an analysis of these concepts within public announcement logic (PAL). The conceptual distinction between direct common belief and indirect common belief is important because it identifies two social phenomena which rely on different forms of agents' cognitive capabilities. It is moreover relevant for speech act theory.
Lorini, E. , Herzig, A. (2014)., Direct and indirect common belief, in A. Konzelmann-Ziv & H. B. Schmid (eds.), Institutions, emotions, and group agents, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 355-372.
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