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Definition df-sb 1586
Description: Define proper substitution. Remark 9.1 in [Megill] p. 447 (p. 15 of the preprint). For our notation, we use [y / x]φ to mean "the wff that results when y is properly substituted for x in the wff φ." We can also use [y / x]φ in place of the "free for" side condition used in traditional predicate calculus; see, for example, stdpc4 1598.

Our notation was introduced in Haskell B. Curry's Foundations of Mathematical Logic (1977), p. 316 and is frequently used in textbooks of lambda calculus and combinatory logic. This notation improves the common but ambiguous notation, "φ(y) is the wff that results when y is properly substituted for x in φ(x)." For example, if the original φ(x) is x = y, then φ(y) is y = y, from which we obtain that φ(x) is x = x. So what exactly does φ(x) mean? Curry's notation solves this problem.

In most books, proper substitution has a somewhat complicated recursive definition with multiple cases based on the occurrences of free and bound variables in the wff. Instead, we use a single formula that is exactly equivalent and gives us a direct definition. We later prove that our definition has the properties we expect of proper substitution (see theorems sbequ 1660, sbcom2 1798 and sbid2v 1807).

Note that our definition is valid even when x and y are replaced with the same variable, as sbid 1597 shows. We achieve this by having x free in the first conjunct and bound in the second. We can also achieve this by using a dummy variable, as the alternate definition dfsb7 1802 shows (which some logicians may prefer because it doesn't mix free and bound variables). Another alternate definition which uses a dummy variable is dfsb7a 1805.

When x and y are distinct, we can express proper substitution with the simpler expressions of sb5 1705 and sb6 1704.

In classical logic, another possible definition is (x = y φ) x(x = yφ) but we do not have an intuitionistic proof that this is equivalent.

There are no restrictions on any of the variables, including what variables may occur in wff φ. (Contributed by NM, 5-Aug-1993.)

Ref Expression
df-sb ([y / x]φ ↔ ((x = yφ) x(x = y φ)))

Detailed syntax breakdown of Definition df-sb
StepHypRef Expression
1 wph . . 3 wff φ
2 vx . . 3 set x
3 vy . . 3 set y
41, 2, 3wsb 1585 . 2 wff [y / x]φ
52, 3weq 1341 . . . 4 wff x = y
65, 1wi 4 . . 3 wff (x = yφ)
75, 1wa 95 . . . 4 wff (x = y φ)
87, 2wex 1328 . . 3 wff x(x = y φ)
96, 8wa 95 . 2 wff ((x = yφ) x(x = y φ))
104, 9wb 96 1 wff ([y / x]φ ↔ ((x = yφ) x(x = y φ)))
Colors of variables: wff set class
This definition is referenced by:  sbimi  1587  sb1  1589  sb2  1590  sbequ1  1591  sbequ2  1592  drsb1  1619  spsbim  1663  sbequ8  1666  sbidm  1670  sb6  1704  hbsbv  1752
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