Philosophy:Idempotency of entailment

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Idempotency of entailment is a property of logical systems that states that one may derive the same consequences from many instances of a hypothesis as from just one. This property can be captured by a structural rule called contraction, and in such systems one may say that entailment is idempotent if and only if contraction is an admissible rule.

Rule of contraction: from


is derived


Or in sequent calculus notation,

[math]\displaystyle{ \frac{\Gamma,C,C\vdash B}{\Gamma,C\vdash B} }[/math]

In linear and affine logic, entailment is not idempotent.

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