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Infinite Objects in Type Theory
"... . We show that infinite objects can be constructively understood without the consideration of partial elements, or greatest fixedpoints, through the explicit consideration of proof objects. We present then a proof system based on these explanations. According to this analysis, the proof expressions ..."
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. We show that infinite objects can be constructively understood without the consideration of partial elements, or greatest fixedpoints, through the explicit consideration of proof objects. We present then a proof system based on these explanations. According to this analysis, the proof expressions should have the same structure as the program expressions of a pure functional lazy language: variable, constructor, application, abstraction, case expressions, and local let expressions. 1 Introduction The usual explanation of infinite objects relies on the use of greatest fixedpoints of monotone operators, whose existence is justified by the impredicative proof of Tarski's fixed point theorem. The proof theory of such infinite objects, based on the so called coinduction principle, originally due to David Park [21] and explained with this name for instance in the paper [18], reflects this explanation. Constructively, to rely on such impredicative methods is somewhat unsatisfactory (see fo...