# Lecture 10 varieties of necessity tautological equivalence

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Lecture 10 varieties of necessity tautological equivalence
tautological consequence

Logical truth and tarski’s world necessities
Let’s call a sentence Tarski’s World-necessary (TW-necessary) just in case it is true in all the worlds that can possibly be constructed in Tarski’s World. What’s the relationship between logical truth and TW-necessity? All logical truths are TW-necessary. Some TW-necessities are not logical truths, e.g., ‘Tet(a) ∨ Cube(a) ∨ Dodec(a).’ So the logical necessities are a strict subset of the TW-necessities.

Exercise 4.8 For each of the following sentences, say where it goes in the following Euler circle diagram 5. Larger(a,b) ∨ ¬Larger(a,b) 6. Larger(a,b) ∨ Smaller (a,b)

i>clicker question
‘¬[¬Tet(a) ∧ ¬Cube(a) ∧ ¬Dodec(a)]’ is A tautology A TW-necessity A and B None of the above

Logical and tautological equivalence

equivalence Our informal definition of equivalence, like our informal definition of logical truth, also referred to possible worlds: P and Q are equivalent if and only if they are true in all and only the same possible worlds. With our different conceptions of possibility and necessity, we can distinguish different kinds of equivalence: tautological equivalence logical equivalence, and TW-equivalence.

Tautological equivalence
To give a more precise definition of tautological equivalence, we will use the notion of sentences’ joint truth tables. The joint truth table for A and B is the truth table with both sentences to the right of the reference columns. Sentences A and B are tautologically equivalent if and only if at each row, the truth value under A’s main connective is the same as the truth value under B’s main connective. A A ∨ ¬A A ∧ ¬A T T F F F F T T F T Do some examples: (A and not-A) or B  B (A or not-A) and B  B

Some important logical equivalences
DeMorgan’s Laws Double Negation

Tautological equivalence and logical equivalence
All tautological equivalences are logical equivalences. But remember how not all logical truths were tautologies? Similarly, not all tautological equivalences are logical equivalences. Example: ‘a = b’ is logically but not tautologically equivalent to ‘¬FrontOf(a,b).’

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