A Simpler Proof Theory for Nominal Logic

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A Simpler Proof Theory for Nominal Logic
Abstract. Nominal logic is a variant of first-order logic equipped with a “freshname quantifier” N and other features useful for reasoning about languages with bound names. Its original presentation was as a Hilbert axiomatic theory, but several attempts have been made to provide more convenient Gentzen-style sequent or natural deduction calculi for nominal logic. Unfortunately, the rules for N in these calculi involve complicated side-conditions, so using and proving properties of these calculi is difficult. This paper presents an improved sequent calculus NL⇒ for nominal logic. Basic results such as cut-elimination and conservativity with respect to nominal logic are proved. Also, NL⇒ is used to solve an open problem, namely relating nominal logic’s N-quantifier and the self-dual quantifier of Miller and Tiu’s FOλ .
James Cheney
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Updated 27 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors James Cheney
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