Journal of Symbolic Logic

Interpreting descriptions in intensional type theory

Jesper Carlström

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Natural deduction systems with indefinite and definite descriptions (ε-terms and ℩-terms) are presented, and interpreted in Martin-Löf's intensional type theory. The interpretations are formalizations of ideas which are implicit in the literature of constructive mathematics: if we have proved that an element with a certain property exists, we speak of ‘the element such that the property holds' and refer by that phrase to the element constructed in the existence proof. In particular, we deviate from the practice of interpreting descriptions by contextual definitions.

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J. Symbolic Logic Volume 70, Issue 2 (2005), 488-514.

First available in Project Euclid: 1 July 2005

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Carlström, Jesper. Interpreting descriptions in intensional type theory. J. Symbolic Logic 70 (2005), no. 2, 488--514. doi:10.2178/jsl/1120224725.

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