I am reading the book Introduction to Higher-Order Categorical Logic by Lambek and Scott, and have run across this inference rule when they define what they call the "conjunction calculus":

$$A \xrightarrow{\bigcirc_{A}}T$$

What does the operator $\bigcirc_{A}$ mean?


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To quote Lambek and Scott (section 0.5) "An object $T$ of a category $\scr A$ is said to be a terminal object if for each object $A$ of $\scr A$ there is a unique arrow $\bigcirc_A:A\to T$."

So $T$ is a terminal object in a category and $\bigcirc_A$ is the unique arrow from $A$ to $T$.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I referred to a different text for the category theory part, so it's a little inconvenient that I missed that. Is this common notation in category theory? $\endgroup$
    – Richard
    Apr 17, 2019 at 17:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Richard No, I've never seen it before. $!_A$ is pretty common. $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2019 at 18:27

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