Tutorial 20: Simplified Existential Generalization

Logical System


The Tutorial

There is a rule for adding a Existential Quantifier. This permits the step illustrated by the following proof fragments.

To understand what this rule permits, it helps to think about it as though you were going backwards from line 6 to line 5. Take the scope of line 6, which is Fx, Fx, and Fz respectively, then substitute a term for free occurrences of the variable of quantification-- you should be able to get line 5, and indeed you can.

Sad to say, like Universal Instantiation, there is a rather sophisticated restriction on this rule-- we will come to this in Tutorial 23.

The Simplified Rule of Existential Generalization EG

If a derivation contains a line of the form

n. <formula>[<term>/<variable>]> <any justification>

then a line of the form

(∃<variable>)<formula> 'n EG'

may be added to the derivation, provided that <variable> is new to <formula>.

Exercise to accompany Predicate Tutorial 10

Exercise 1 (of 1)


Derive the following


a) Fb∴(∃x)Fx
b) Fa∴(∃y)Fy
c) Fa∴(∃x)Fa
d) Fa,Ga∴(∃x)(Fx∧Gx)
e) Fa,Ga∴(∃x)(Fx∧Ga)
f) Fa,Ga∴(∃x)(Fa∧Gx)
g) Fa,Ga∴(∃x)(Fx)∧Ga