# Relative Complement of Relative Complement/Proof 1

## Theorem

$\relcomp S {\relcomp S T} = T$

## Proof

By the definition of relative complement:

$\relcomp S {\relcomp S T} = S \setminus \paren {S \setminus T}$

Let $t \in T$.

Then by the definition of set difference:

$t \notin S \setminus T$

Since $T \in T$ and $T \subseteq S$, by the definition of subset:

$t \in S$

Thus:

$t \in \paren {S \setminus \paren {S \setminus T} }$

$t \in \paren {S \setminus \paren {S \setminus T} }$

Then:

$t \in S$

and:

$\neg \paren {t \in \paren {S \setminus T} }$

Thus:

$\neg \paren {\paren {t \in S} \land \neg \paren {t \in T} }$
$t \in S \implies t \in T$
$t \in T$

$\blacksquare$

## Law of the Excluded Middle

This theorem depends on the Law of the Excluded Middle, by way of Implication Equivalent to Negation of Conjunction with Negative/Formulation 1/Reverse Implication.

This is one of the axioms of logic that was determined by Aristotle, and forms part of the backbone of classical (Aristotelian) logic.

However, the intuitionist school rejects the Law of the Excluded Middle as a valid logical axiom.

This in turn invalidates this theorem from an intuitionistic perspective.