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Topic: when indecomposability is decomposable
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Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz

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Re: when indecomposability is decomposable
Posted: Feb 21, 2013 4:01 AM
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In <>, on 02/20/2013
at 09:03 AM, fom <> said:

>The validity of the inference being justified by
>what stance?

The axioms and the rules of inference.

>A number of years ago, there was a John Correy on these newsgroups
>who formulated a set of axioms that could be syntactically
>manipulated to "prove" the existence of non-self-identicals.

Within his theory.

>He had been hammered on the basis of the ontological import
>of x=x.

Ontology is irrelevant. What matters is whether his work was
consistent and interesting.

BTW, there was a serious shift in how mathematicians viewed
foundational issues after, e.g., Gödel, Cohen.

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