# Excluded Middle in Coq

Excluded middle is an important theorem in classical logic. However in intuitionistic logic, the excluded middle theory doesn’t satisfy the constructive principle. The excluded middle law is provable in Coq and often confused with some other theorems in Coq.

## Proof by Contradiction

Proof by contradiction is an important technique in practical proof works, it means: in order to prove $\Phi$, use $\neg \Phi$ as a new given and attempt to deduce a false statement($\bot$).

## Excluded Middle in Classical Logic

These five laws in classical logic could be added as axioms safely into constructive logic, without causing any inconsistency. We cannot prove the negation of such an axiom.