# disjunction property

The *disjunction property* (or *DP* for short) is the meta-statement in logic, which says

if $\u22a2A\vee B$, then $\u22a2A$ or $\u22a2B$.

DP fails for classical propositional logic^{}, but is true for intuitionisitc propositional logic. In fact, there are infinitely many intermediate logics between classical and intuitionistic logics^{} that satisfy DP. Furthermore, there are no intermediate logics maximal with respect to satisfying DP. With respect to predicate logic, DP is ture in first order intuitionistic logic without function symbols.

There is also a modal version of the disjunction property (or *MDP* for short), which states:

if $\u22a2\mathrm{\square}A\vee \mathrm{\square}B$, then $\u22a2A$ or $\u22a2B$.

It is not hard to see that MDP holds in normal modal logics K, T, K4, S4, and GL, and fails in D, B, and S5.

Remark. In predicate logic, there is also a sort of infinitary analog of DP called the existence property (EP), or the witness property, which states:

if $\u22a2\exists xP(x)$, then there is a closed term $t$ such that $\u22a2P(t)$.

Like DP, EP fails in classical first-order logic, but true in first-order intuitionistic logic without function symbols and with at least one constant symbol.

Title | disjunction property |

Canonical name | DisjunctionProperty |

Date of creation | 2013-03-22 19:35:37 |

Last modified on | 2013-03-22 19:35:37 |

Owner | CWoo (3771) |

Last modified by | CWoo (3771) |

Numerical id | 11 |

Author | CWoo (3771) |

Entry type | Definition |

Classification | msc 03F55 |

Classification | msc 03B55 |

Classification | msc 03B20 |

Synonym | DP |

Related topic | AxiomSystemForIntuitionisticLogic |

Related topic | NaturalDeductionForIntuitionisticPropositionalLogic |

Related topic | NormalModalLogic |

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