Two types of multiple-conclusion systems

Logic Journal of the Igpl 6 (5):695-718 (1998)
Hypersequents are finite sets of ordinary sequents. We show that multiple-conclusion sequents and single-conclusion hypersequents represent two different natural methods of switching from a single-conclusion calculus to a multiple-conclusion one. The use of multiple-conclusion sequents corresponds to using a multiplicative disjunction, while the use of single-conclusion hypersequents corresponds to using an additive one. Moreover: each of the two methods is usually based on a different natural semantic idea and accordingly leads to a different class of algebraic structures. In the cases we consider here the use of multiple-conclusion sequents corresponds to focusing the attention on structures in which there is a full symmetry between the sets of designated and antidesignated elements. The use of single-conclusion hypersequents, on the other hand, corresponds to the use of structures in which all elements except one are designated. Not surprisingly, the use of multiple-conclusion hypersequents corresponds to the use of structures which are both symmetrical and with a single nondesignated element
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DOI 10.1093/jigpal/6.5.695
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