Algebraic logic

Algebraic logic

In mathematical logic, algebraic logic formalizes logic using the methods of abstract algebra.

Logics as models of algebras

Algebraic logic treats logics as models (interpretations) of certain algebraic structures, specifically as models of bounded lattices and hence as a branch of order theory.

In algebraic logic:
* Variables are tacitly universally quantified over some universe of discourse. There are no existentially quantified variables or open formulas;
* Terms are built up from variables using primitive and defined operations. There are no connectives;
* Formulas, built from terms in the usual way, can be equated if they are logically equivalent. To express a tautology, equate a formula with a truth value;
* The rules of proof are the substitution of equals for equals, and uniform replacement. Modus ponens remains valid, but is seldom employed.

In the table below, the left column contains one or more logical or mathematical systems that are models of the algebraic structures shown on the right in the same row. These structures are either Boolean algebras or proper extensions thereof. Modal and other nonclassical logics are typically models of what are called "Boolean algebras with operators."

Algebraic formalisms going beyond first-order logic in at least some respects include:
* Combinatory logic, having the expressive power of set theory;
* Relation algebra, arguably the paradigmatic algebraic logic, can express Peano arithmetic and most axiomatic set theories, including the canonical ZFC.


On the history of algebraic logic before WWII, see Brady (2000) and Grattan-Guinness (2000) and their ample references. On the postwar history, see Maddux (1991) and Quine (1976).

"Algebraic logic" has at least two meanings:
* The study of Boolean algebra, begun by George Boole, and of relation algebra, begun by Augustus DeMorgan, extended by Charles Peirce, and taking definitive form in the work of Ernst Schröder;
* Abstract algebraic logic, a branch of contemporary mathematical logic.

Perhaps surprisingly, algebraic logic is the oldest approach to formal logic, arguably beginning with a number of memoranda Leibniz wrote in the 1680s, some of which were published in the 19th century and translated into English by Clarence Lewis in 1918. But nearly all of Leibniz's known work on algebraic logic was published only in 1903, after Louis Couturat discovered it in Leibniz's Nachlass. Parkinson (1966) and Loemker (1969) translated selections from Couturat's volume into English.

Brady (2000) discusses the rich historical connections between algebraic logic and model theory. The founders of model theory, Ernst Schroder and Leopold Loewenheim, were logicians in the algebraic tradition. Alfred Tarski, the founder of set theoretic model theory as a major branch of contemporary mathematical logic, also:
*Co-discovered Lindenbaum-Tarski algebra;
*Invented cylindric algebra;
*Wrote the 1940 paper that revived relation algebra, and that can be seen as the starting point of abstract algebraic logic.

Modern mathematical logic began in 1847, with two pamphlets whose respective authors were Augustus DeMorgan and George Boole. They, and later Charles Peirce, Hugh MacColl, Frege, Peano, Bertrand Russell, and A. N. Whitehead all shared Leibniz's dream of combining symbolic logic, mathematics, and philosophy. Relation algebra is arguably the culmination of Leibniz's approach to logic. With the exception of some writings by Leopold Loewenheim and Thoralf Skolem, algebraic logic went into eclipse soon after the 1910-13 publication of "Principia Mathematica", not to revive until Tarski's 1940 reexposition of relation algebra.

Leibniz had no influence on the rise of algebraic logic because his logical writings were little studied before the Parkinson and Loemker translations. Our present understanding of Leibniz the logician stems mainly from the work of Wolfgang Lenzen, summarized in [ Lenzen (2004).] To see how present-day work in logic and metaphysics can draw inspiration from, and shed light on, Leibniz's thought, see [ Zalta (2000).]

ee also

*Abstract algebraic logic
*Algebraic structure
*Boolean algebra (logic)
*Boolean algebra (structure)
*Cylindric algebra
*Lindenbaum-Tarski algebra
*Mathematical logic
*Model theory
*Monadic Boolean algebra
*Predicate functor logic
*Relation algebra
*Universal algebra


* Brady, Geraldine, 2000. "From Peirce to Skolem: A neglected chapter in the history of logic". North-Holland.
*Ivor Grattan-Guinness, 2000. "The Search for Mathematical Roots". Princeton Univ. Press.
*Lenzen, Wolfgang, 2004, " [ Leibniz’s Logic] " in Gabbay, D., and Woods, J., eds., "Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol. 3: The Rise of Modern Logic from Leibniz to Frege". North-Holland: 1-84.
*Roger Maddux, 1991, "The Origin of Relation Algebras in the Development and Axiomatization of the Calculus of Relations," "Studia Logica 50": 421-55.
* Parkinson, G.H.R., 1966. "Leibniz: Logical Papers." Oxford Uni. Press.
*Willard Quine, 1976, "Algebraic Logic and Predicate Functors" in "The Ways of Paradox". Harvard Univ. Press: 283-307.
* Zalta, E. N., 2000, " [ A (Leibnizian) Theory of Concepts] ," "Philosophiegeschichte und logische Analyse / Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 3": 137-183.

External links

*Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: " [ Propositional Consequence Relations and Algebraic Logic] " -- by Ramon Jansana.

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