Gentzenizing Schroeder-Heister’s natural extension of natural deduction

Arnon Avron*

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Our purpose here is to provide an example of how the use of the Gentzen-type sequential calculus considerably simplifies a complex Natural Deduction formalism. The formalism is that of Schroeder-Heister’s system of higher-order rules. We show that the notions of Schroeder-Heister’s that are the most difficult to handle (discharge functions and subrules) become redundant in the Gentzen-type version. The complex normalization proof given by Schroeder-Heister can be replaced therefore by a standard cutelimination proof. It turns out also that the unusual form of some of the elimination rules of Schroeder-Heister corresponds to the natural, standard form of antecedent rules in sequential calculi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-135
Number of pages9
JournalNotre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990


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