[FOM] question about Mendelson's Intro to Math Logic

Robert Lubarsky Lubarsky.Robert at comcast.net
Wed Feb 12 08:05:46 EST 2014

My apologies for the typo in my original question. The new axiom is a form
of contraposition: (not B -> not C) -> (C -> B).


Bob Lubarsky


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Robert Lubarsky
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Subject: [FOM] question about Mendelson's Intro to Math Logic


There's an exercise from Mendelson's Intro to Mathematical Logic that I
cannot do, and would like an answer to. In the 5th edition, it's 1.59 on p.
39. Namely, he gives three axioms for a Hilbert-style propositional proof
system. The first two are essentially the combinators s and k. The third is 

(not C -> not B) -> [ (not C -> B) -> C ]. The exercise in question is to
show that, if you replace this last schema with (not B -> not C) -> (B -> C)
then the new system proves the same as the old. I don't see how to do this. 


My attempt is as follows. We can use the deduction theorem. So assume (not C
-> not B) and (not C -> B), with the goal of proving C. From the new schema,
we get  B -> C. We can compose that with (not C -> B) to get (not C -> C). I
don't see how to go from that to C within this system.


Bob Lubarsky

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