Will Stafford

University of Bristol

Is the Proof-Theoretically Valid Logic Intuitionistic?

Logic and Set Theory Seminar

29th September 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Fry Building, G.07

Several recent results bring into focus the superintuitionistic nature of most notions of proof-theoretic validity, but little work has been done evaluating the consequences of these results. Proof-theoretic validity claims to offer a formal explication of how inferences follow from the definitions of logic connectives (which are defined by their introduction rules). This paper explores whether the new results undermine this claim. It is argued that, while the formal results are worrying, superintuitionistic inferences are valid because the treatments of atomic formulas are insufficiently general, and a resolution to this issue is proposed.

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