Graded consequence: an institution theoretic study (abstract)

We develop a general study of graded consequence (of many-valued logic) in an institution theoretic (in the sense of Goguen and Burstall) style. This means both syntax and semantics are considered fully abstract, as well as the satisfaction between them. Our approach contrasts to other approaches on many-valued logic in that it is a multi-signature one, in the spirit of institution theory. We consider graded consequence at three different conceptual levels: entailment, semantic, and closure operators, and explore several interpretations between them. We also study logical connectors and quantifiers both at the entailment and semantic level, compactness and soundness properties.
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