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13439 | Venn Diagrams map three predicates into eight compartments, then look for the conclusion |
13422 | 'Conjunctive Normal Form' is ensuring that no disjunction has a conjunction within its scope |
13421 | 'Disjunctive Normal Form' is ensuring that no conjunction has a disjunction within its scope |
13350 | 'Assumptions' says that a formula entails itself (φ|=φ) |
13351 | 'Thinning' allows that if premisses entail a conclusion, then adding further premisses makes no difference |
13356 | The 'conditional' is that Γ|=φ→ψ iff Γ,φ|=ψ |
13352 | 'Cutting' allows that if x is proved, and adding y then proves z, you can go straight to z |
13353 | 'Negation' says that Γ,¬φ|= iff Γ|=φ |
13354 | 'Conjunction' says that Γ|=φ∧ψ iff Γ|=φ and Γ|=ψ |
13355 | 'Disjunction' says that Γ,φ∨ψ|= iff Γ,φ|= and Γ,ψ|= |
13610 | A logic with ¬ and → needs three axiom-schemas and one rule as foundation |
13846 | A 'free' logic can have empty names, and a 'universally free' logic can have empty domains |
13346 | Truth is the basic notion in classical logic |
13545 | Elementary logic cannot distinguish clearly between the finite and the infinite |
13822 | Fictional characters wreck elementary logic, as they have contradictions and no excluded middle |
13623 | The syntactic turnstile |- φ means 'there is a proof of φ' or 'φ is a theorem' |
13349 | Γ|=φ is 'entails'; Γ|= is 'is inconsistent'; |=φ is 'valid' |
13347 | Validity is a conclusion following for premises, even if there is no proof |
13348 | It seems more natural to express |= as 'therefore', rather than 'entails' |
13617 | MPP is a converse of Deduction: If Γ |- φ→ψ then Γ,φ|-ψ |
13614 | MPP: 'If Γ|=φ and Γ|=φ→ψ then Γ|=ψ' (omit Γs for Detachment) |
13800 | |= α=α and α=β |= φ(α/ξ ↔ φ(β/ξ) fix identity |
13799 | The sign '=' is a two-place predicate expressing that 'a is the same thing as b' (a=b) |
13803 | If we are to express that there at least two things, we need identity |
13357 | Truth-functors are usually held to be defined by their truth-tables |
13811 | A 'total' function ranges over the whole domain, a 'partial' function over appropriate inputs |
13812 | A 'zero-place' function just has a single value, so it is a name |
13360 | In logic, a name is just any expression which refers to a particular single object |
13361 | An expression is only a name if it succeeds in referring to a real object |
13848 | We are only obliged to treat definite descriptions as non-names if only the former have scope |
13814 | Definite desciptions resemble names, but can't actually be names, if they don't always refer |
13816 | Because of scope problems, definite descriptions are best treated as quantifiers |
13817 | Definite descriptions are usually treated like names, and are just like them if they uniquely refer |
13813 | Definite descriptions don't always pick out one thing, as in denials of existence, or errors |
13815 | Names do not have scope problems (e.g. in placing negation), but Russell's account does have that problem |
13438 | 'Prenex normal form' is all quantifiers at the beginning, out of the scope of truth-functors |
13818 | If we allow empty domains, we must allow empty names |
13801 | An 'informal proof' is in no particular system, and uses obvious steps and some ordinary English |
13619 | Quantification adds two axiom-schemas and a new rule |
13622 | Axiom systems from Frege, Russell, Church, Lukasiewicz, Tarski, Nicod, Kleene, Quine... |
13615 | 'Conditonalised' inferences point to the Deduction Theorem: If Γ,φ|-ψ then Γ|-φ→ψ |
13620 | Proof by Assumptions can always be reduced to Proof by Axioms, using the Deduction Theorem |
13616 | The Deduction Theorem greatly simplifies the search for proof |
13621 | The Deduction Theorem and Reductio can 'discharge' assumptions - they aren't needed for the new truth |
13753 | Natural deduction takes proof from assumptions (with its rules) as basic, and axioms play no part |
13754 | Natural deduction rules for → are the Deduction Theorem (→I) and Modus Ponens (→E) |
13758 | In natural deduction we work from the premisses and the conclusion, hoping to meet in the middle |
13755 | Excluded middle is an introduction rule for negation, and ex falso quodlibet will eliminate it |
13611 | Tableau proofs use reduction - seeking an impossible consequence from an assumption |
13613 | A completed open branch gives an interpretation which verifies those formulae |
13756 | A tree proof becomes too broad if its only rule is Modus Ponens |
13757 | Unlike natural deduction, semantic tableaux have recipes for proving things |
13761 | In a tableau proof no sequence is established until the final branch is closed; hypotheses are explored |
13762 | Tableau rules are all elimination rules, gradually shortening formulae |
13612 | Non-branching rules add lines, and branching rules need a split; a branch with a contradiction is 'closed' |
13759 | Each line of a sequent calculus is a conclusion of previous lines, each one explicitly recorded |
13760 | A sequent calculus is good for comparing proof systems |
13364 | Interpretation by assigning objects to names, or assigning them to variables first [PG] |
13821 | Extensionality is built into ordinary logic semantics; names have objects, predicates have sets of objects |
13362 | If an object has two names, truth is undisturbed if the names are swapped; this is Extensionality |
13542 | A proof-system is 'absolutely consistent' iff we don't have |-(S)φ for every formula |
13540 | A set of formulae is 'inconsistent' when there is no interpretation which can make them all true |
13541 | For 'negation-consistent', there is never |-(S)φ and |-(S)¬φ |
13544 | Inconsistency or entailment just from functors and quantifiers is finitely based, if compact |
13618 | Compactness means an infinity of sequents on the left will add nothing new |
13358 | Ordinary or mathematical induction assumes for the first, then always for the next, and hence for all |
13359 | Complete induction assumes for all numbers less than n, then also for n, and hence for all numbers |
13802 | Relations can be one-many (at most one on the left) or many-one (at most one on the right) |
13543 | A relation is not reflexive, just because it is transitive and symmetrical |
13847 | If non-existent things are self-identical, they are just one thing - so call it the 'null object' |
13820 | The idea that anything which can be proved is necessary has a problem with empty names |
13363 | A (modern) predicate is the result of leaving a gap for the name in a sentence |