Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics

Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics

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This volume is the first ever collection devoted to the field of proof-theoretic semantics. Contributions address topics including the systematics of introduction and elimination rules and proofs of normalization, the categorial characterization of deductions, the relation between Heyting's and Gentzen's approaches to meaning, knowability paradoxes, proof-theoretic foundations of set theory, Dummett's justification of logical laws, Kreisel's theory of constructions, paradoxical reasoning, and the defence of model theory.

The field of proof-theoretic semantics has existed for almost 50 years, but the term itself was proposed by Schroeder-Heister in the 1980s. Proof-theoretic semantics explains the meaning of linguistic expressions in general and of logical constants in particular in terms of the notion of proof. This volume emerges from presentations at the Second International Conference on Proof-Theoretic Semantics in Tubingen in 2013, where contributing authors were asked to provide a self-contained description and analysis of a significant research question in this area. The contributions are representative of the field and should be of interest to logicians, philosophers, and mathematicians alike.
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  • Hardback | 283 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.53mm | 606g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • VI, 283 p.
  • 3319226851
  • 9783319226859
  • 2,197,005

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This volume is the first ever collection devoted to the field of proof-theoretic semantics. Contributions address topics including the systematics of introduction and elimination rules and proofs of normalization, the categorial characterization of deductions, the relation between Heyting's and Gentzen's approaches to meaning, knowability paradoxes, proof-theoretic foundations of set theory, Dummett's justification of logical laws, Kreisel's theory of constructions, paradoxical reasoning, and the defence of model theory.

The field of proof-theoretic semantics has existed for almost 50 years, but the term itself was proposed by Schroeder-Heister in the 1980s. Proof-theoretic semantics explains the meaning of linguistic expressions in general and of logical constants in particular in terms of the notion of proof. This volume emerges from presentations at the Second International Conference on Proof-Theoretic Semantics in Tübingen in 2013, where contributing authors were asked to provide a self-contained description and analysis of a significant research question in this area. The contributions are representative of the field and should be of interest to logicians, philosophers, and mathematicians alike.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction; Thomas Piecha & Peter-Schroeder-Heister.- Chapter 2. On Brouwer-Heyting-Kolmogorov provability semantics; Sergei N. Artemov.- Chapter 3. Two Ways of General Proof Theory; Kosta Dosen.- Chapter 4. Generalised elimination rules; Roy Dyckhoff.- Chapter 5. On the proof theoretic foundations of set theory; Lars Hallnas.- Chapter 6. The choice of semantics as a methodological question; Wilfrid Hodges.- Chapter 7. The mode of presentation; Reinhard Kahle.- Chapter 8. Remarks on relations between Gentzen and Heyting inspired PTS; Dag Prawitz.- Chapter 9. Unification of logics by reflection; Giovanni Sambin.- Chapter 10. BHK and Brouwer's Theory of the Creative Subject; Goeran Sundholm.- Chapter 11. Compositional semantics for predicate logic: Eliminating bound variables from formulas and deductions; William W. Tait.- Chapter 12. Intuitionism, the Paradox of Knowability and Empirical Negation; Gabriele Usberti.- Chapter 13. Explicit composition and its application in normalization proofs; Jan von Plato.- Chapter 14. A two-sorted typed lambda-calculus; Heinrich Wansing.- Chapter 15. Kreisel's second clause and the Theory of Constructions; Walter Dean & Hidenori Kurokawa.- Chapter 16. On Paradoxes in Proof-Theoretic Semantics; Yoshihiro Maruyama.
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About Thomas Piecha

Thomas Piecha graduated both in Philosophy and in Physics,and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He has published on proof-theoretic and dialogical approaches in logic, and currently works on the proof-theoretic analysis of hypothetical reasoning.

Peter Schroeder-Heister is professor of logic and philosophy of language at the University of Tubingen, holding a joint appointment in the Departments of Philosophy and of Computer Science. He works in particular on philosophical aspects of proof theory and is a leading expert in the area of proof-theoretic semantics.
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