Sean Walsh: The Constructible Universe, the Naive Conception, and Intensional Logic

Time: Mon, 11/25/2013 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: RH 440R

Speaker: Sean Walsh
Institution: Logic and Philosophy of Science, UC Irvine
Abstract: This talk looks at the relationship between three foundational systems: Goedel’s Constructible Universe of Sets, the naive conception of set found in consistent fragments of Frege’s Grundgesetze, and the intensional logic of Church’s Logic of Sense and Denotation. One basic result shows how to use the constructible sets to build models of fragments of Frege’s Grundgesetze from which one can recover these very constructible sets using Frege’s definition of membership. This result also allows us to solve the related consistency problem and joint consistency problems for abstraction principles with limited amounts of comprehension. Another basic aim of this paper is to show how to “factor” this result via a consistent fragment of Church’s Logic of Sense and Denotation: so one may use the constructible sets to build models of Church’s Logic of Sense and Denotation, from which one may then define models of the consistent fragments of Frege’s Grundgesetze.

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