# howson

Topic
Logical System

## Notation

Logical System

2013

The Colin Howson book uses a notation like R(a,b,c) for the application of a predicate R to the arguments or terms a, b, c.

It employs the upper case letters A-Z, perhaps followed by subscripts, to be predicates, so, for example, R, S₁, T₁ are all predicates.

The software supports this.

But the software makes an extension.

Often, when working informally, authors will write Red(x) to mean that the predicate Red is applied to the variable x.

Set Theory (and Russell's Paradox) martin Sat, 12/19/2009 - 08:49
Topic
Logical System

2013

Colin Howson, [1997] Logic with trees Chapter 11

### Tutorial

Set theory is an extensive topic introduced elsewhere. It can be written as a first order theory.

There is one axiom schema, Abstraction (or Comprehension), which can generate infinitely many axioms

## Number Theory and Peano Arithmetic

Topic
Logical System

2013

Colin Howson, [1997] Logic with trees Chapter 9 & 11

### Tutorial

#### Notation

It is common in this setting (which is arithmetic) to use  functional terms like s(x), s(1), s(0) to mean the successor of x, 1, and 0, respectively. Equally common is the notation x', 1', and 0' to mean the same thing. The latter is quicker and shorter (though not semi-nmemonic)-- we will use it here.

## Groups

Topic
Logical System

2013

Colin Howson, [1997] Logic with trees Chapter 9

### Tutorial

Groups can be characterized by three proper symbols {=,+,0} (ie identity, one infix operator, we will use '+', and an identify element '0') and the three proper axioms

## Tree Tutorial 6: Functional Terms and First Order Theories

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Logical System
###### 6/5/12

Colin Howson, [1997] Logic with trees

### Tutorial:

The word 'terms' in logic means 'names' and thus far we have met two kinds of terms: constants (or proper names), and variables.

## Tree Predicate Exercises: Roll your own

Topic
Logical System

2013

Colin Howson, [1997] Logic with trees Chapter 2

### Exercises

Howson [1997] has a number of exercises. Many of them you will be able to do in the Widget below.

Here are a few hints

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Logical System

## Preliminary [Pre-test]

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Logical System

2013

You need to know some propositional logic to be able to understand the tutorials to come. In particular, you need to know about the symbols used in propositional logic, truth tables, satisfiability, consistency, and semantic invalidity (by counter example). You do not need to know propositional rules of inference and derivations.

Howson [1997] will give you enough background.

Alternatively you could look at the first five propositional tutorials in Easy Deriver

Topic
Logical System