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The decidability of the Kreisel-Putnam system1

  • Dov M. Gabbay (a1)


The intuitionistic propositional logic I has the following disjunction property

This property does not characterize intuitionistic logic. For example Kreisel and Putnam [5] showed that the extension of I with the axiom

has the disjunction property. Another known system with this propery is due to Scott [5], and is obtained by adding to I the following axiom:

In the present paper we shall prove, using methods originally introduced by Segerberg [10], that the Kreisel-Putnam logic is decidable. In fact we shall show that it has the finite model property, and since it is finitely axiomatizable, it is decidable by [4]. The decidability of Scott's system was proved by J. G. Anderson in his thesis in 1966.



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This research was sponsored under contract no. N00014–69-G-0192 U.S. Office of Naval Research, Information System Branch.



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[1]Gabbay, D., Decidability results in nonclassical logics. I, to appear; Part II, in preparation.
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The decidability of the Kreisel-Putnam system1

  • Dov M. Gabbay (a1)


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