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Constructive Negations and Paraconsistency : Trends in Logic - Sergei P. Odintsov

Constructive Negations and Paraconsistency

Trends in Logic


Published: 20th March 2008
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This book presents the author's recent investigations of the two main concepts of negation developed in the constructive logic: the negation as reduction to absurdity (L.E.J. Brouwer) and the strong negation (D. Nelson) are studied in the setting of paraconsistent logic.

The paraconsistent logics are those, which admit inconsistent but non-trivial theories, i.e., the logics which allow making inferences in non-trivial fashion from an inconsistent set of hypotheses. Logics in which all inconsistent theories are trivial are called explosive. In the intuitionistic logic Li, the negation is defined as reduction to absurdity. The concept of strong negation is realized in the Nelson logic N3. Both logics are explosive and have paraconsistent analogs: Johansson's logic Lj and paraconsistent Nelson's logic N4. It will be shown that refusing the explosion axiom "contradiction implies everything" does not lead to decrease of the expressive power of a logic. To understand, which new expressive possibilities have the logics Lj and N4 as compared to the explosive logics Li and N3, we study the lattices of extensions of the logics Lj and N4. This is the first case when lattices of paraconsistent logics are systematically investigated. The study is based on algebraic methods, demonstrates the remarkable regularity and the similarity of structures of both lattices of logics, and gives essential information on the paraconsistent nature of logics Lj and N4.

The methods developed in this book can be applied to the investigation of other classes of paraconsistent logics.

From the reviews: "This is the first book-length algebraic study of constructive paraconsistent logics. ... The monograph under review has a very clear structure. ... This monograph is indispensable for anybody interested in the algebraic study of constructive paraconsistent logics in particular, but it is also most rewarding for anyone interested in non-classical logics in general." (Heinrich Wansing, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1161, 2009)

Introductionp. 13
Reductio ad Absurdump. 13
Minimal Logic. Preliminary Remarksp. 15
Logic of Classical Refutabilityp. 31
The Class of Extensions of Minimal Logicp. 41
Adequate Algebraic Semantics for Extensions of Minimal Logicp. 57
Negatively Equivalent Logicsp. 81
Absurdity as Unary Operatorp. 101
Strong Negationp. 129
Semantical Study of Paraconsistent Nelson's Logicp. 131
N4[superscript 1]-Latticesp. 159
The Class of N4[superscript 1]-Extensionsp. 177
Conclusionp. 223
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781402068669
ISBN-10: 1402068662
Series: Trends in Logic
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 20th March 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.17