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Definition df-sb 2070
Description: Define proper substitution. For our notation, we use [𝑡 / 𝑥]𝜑 to mean "the wff that results from the proper substitution of 𝑡 for 𝑥 in the wff 𝜑". That is, 𝑡 properly replaces 𝑥. For example, [𝑡 / 𝑥]𝑧𝑥 is the same as 𝑧𝑡 (when 𝑥 and 𝑧 are distinct), as shown in elsb4 2128.

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(𝑡) is the wff that results when 𝑡 is properly substituted for 𝑥 in 𝜑(𝑥)". For example, if the original 𝜑(𝑥) is 𝑥 = 𝑡, then 𝜑(𝑡) is 𝑡 = 𝑡, from which we obtain that 𝜑(𝑥) is 𝑥 = 𝑥. So what exactly does 𝜑(𝑥) mean? Curry's notation solves this problem.

A very similar notation, namely (𝑦𝑥)𝜑, was introduced in Bourbaki's Set Theory (Chapter 1, Description of Formal Mathematic, 1953).

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 2089, sbcom2 2166 and sbid2v 2531).

Note that our definition is valid even when 𝑥 and 𝑡 are replaced with the same variable, as sbid 2256 shows. We achieve this by applying twice Tarski's definition sb6 2091 which is valid for disjoint variables, and introducing a dummy variable 𝑦 which isolates 𝑥 from 𝑡, as in dfsb7 2283 with respect to sb5 2275. We can also achieve this by having 𝑥 free in the first conjunct and bound in the second, as the alternate definition dfsb1 2502 shows. Another version that mixes free and bound variables is dfsb3 2515. When 𝑥 and 𝑡 are distinct, we can express proper substitution with the simpler expressions of sb5 2275 and sb6 2091.

Note that the occurrences of a given variable in the definiens are either all bound (𝑥, 𝑦) or all free (𝑡). Also note that the definiens uses only primitive symbols.

This double level definition will make several proofs using it appear as doubled. Alternately, one could often first prove as a lemma the same theorem with a disjoint variable condition on the substitute and the substituted variables, and then prove the original theorem by applying this lemma twice in a row. (Contributed by NM, 10-May-1993.) Revised from the original definition dfsb1 2502. (Revised by BJ, 22-Dec-2020.)

Ref Expression
df-sb ([𝑡 / 𝑥]𝜑 ↔ ∀𝑦(𝑦 = 𝑡 → ∀𝑥(𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑)))
Distinct variable groups:   𝑥,𝑦   𝑦,𝑡   𝜑,𝑦
Allowed substitution hints:   𝜑(𝑥,𝑡)

Detailed syntax breakdown of Definition df-sb
StepHypRef Expression
1 wph . . 3 wff 𝜑
2 vx . . 3 setvar 𝑥
3 vt . . 3 setvar 𝑡
41, 2, 3wsb 2069 . 2 wff [𝑡 / 𝑥]𝜑
5 vy . . . . 5 setvar 𝑦
65, 3weq 1964 . . . 4 wff 𝑦 = 𝑡
72, 5weq 1964 . . . . . 6 wff 𝑥 = 𝑦
87, 1wi 4 . . . . 5 wff (𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑)
98, 2wal 1536 . . . 4 wff 𝑥(𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑)
106, 9wi 4 . . 3 wff (𝑦 = 𝑡 → ∀𝑥(𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑))
1110, 5wal 1536 . 2 wff 𝑦(𝑦 = 𝑡 → ∀𝑥(𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑))
124, 11wb 209 1 wff ([𝑡 / 𝑥]𝜑 ↔ ∀𝑦(𝑦 = 𝑡 → ∀𝑥(𝑥 = 𝑦𝜑)))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
This definition is referenced by:  sbt  2071  stdpc4  2073  sbi1  2076  spsbe  2087  spsbeOLD  2088  sbequ  2089  sb6  2091  sbal  2164  hbsbw  2174  sbequ1  2248  sbequ2  2249  sbequ2OLD  2250  dfsb7  2283  dfsb7OLD  2284  sbn  2285  nfsbv  2341  sb4b  2491  sb4bOLD  2492  cbvabw  2870  bj-ssbeq  34094  bj-ssbid2ALT  34104  bj-ssbid1ALT  34106
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