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Heyting prealgebra

A Heyting prealgebra is simply a preorder whose posetal reflection is a Heyting algebra; i.e., it is a preorder which is a bicartesian closed category. In most contexts, there is little need to maintain a difference between Heyting algebras whose carriers are preorders vs. those whose carriers are strictly posets; indeed, in most contexts, there is no need to consider such a distinction to even be meaningful, the only relevant notion of equality being that derived from the preorder structure. However, in contexts where there is a separately provided relevant notion of equality on the carrier which is potentially finer-grained than that provided by the preorder structure alone (i.e., in situations where a Heyting algebra carries further structure x=yx = y not necessarily provided simply by xyyxx \leq y \wedge y \leq x), then it may be worthwhile to track such differences.

See also evil.

Revised on July 2, 2010 21:24:11 by Toby Bartels (75.88.100.190)