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A minimalist twolevel foundation for constructive mathematics
, 2008
"... We present a twolevel theory to formalize constructive mathematics as advocated in a previous paper with G. Sambin [MS05]. One level is given by an intensional type theory, called Minimal type theory. This theory extends the settheoretic version introduced in [MS05] with collections. The other lev ..."
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We present a twolevel theory to formalize constructive mathematics as advocated in a previous paper with G. Sambin [MS05]. One level is given by an intensional type theory, called Minimal type theory. This theory extends the settheoretic version introduced in [MS05] with collections. The other level is given by an extensional set theory that is interpreted in the first one by means of a quotient model. This twolevel theory has two main features: it is minimal among the most relevant foundations for constructive mathematics; it is constructive thanks to the way the extensional level is linked to the intensional one which fulfills the “proofsasprograms” paradigm and acts as a programming language.