Date: Feb 4, 2013 12:49 AM
Subject: Re: Matheology � 203
On 2/3/2013 10:50 PM, Ralf Bader wrote:
> Virgil wrote:
>> In article
>> WM <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> On 3 Feb., 22:29, William Hughes <wpihug...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> We can say ?"every line has the property that it
>>>>>> does not contain every initial segment of s"
>>>>>> There is no need to use the concept "all".
>>>>> Yes, and this is the only sensible way to treat infinity.
>>>> So now we have a way of saying
>>>> s is not a line of L
>>>> e.g. ?0.111... ?is not a line of
>>>> because every line, l(n), ?has the property that
>>>> l(n) does not ?contain every ?initial
>>>> segment of 0.111...
>>> But that does not exclude s from being in the list. What finite
>>> initial segment (FIS) of 0.111... is missing? Up to every line there
>>> is some FIS missing, but every FIS is with certainty in some trailing
>>> line. And with FIS(n) all smaller FISs are present.
>> But with no FIS are all present.
>>>> Is there a sensible way of saying
>>>> s is a line of L ?
>>> There is no sensible way of saying that 0.111... is more than every
>> How about "For all f, (f is a FIS) -> (length(0.111...) > length(f))" .
>> It makes perfect sense to those not permanently encapsulated in
> By the way, Mückenheim's crap is as idiotic from an intuitionistic point of
> view as it is classically. Intuitionists do not have any problems
> distinguishing the numbers 0,1...1 with finitely many digits and the
> sequence formed by these numbers resp. the infinite decimal fraction
No. His finitism seems to be more of a mix of Wittgenstein and
Abraham Robinson. Although it is not apparent without reading the
original sources, it has a certain legitimacy. Names complete
Fregean incomplete symbols. So names are the key to model theory.
Robinson explains this exact relationship in "On Constrained
Denotation". It is, for the most part ignored by the model
theory one obtains from textbooks. The model theory that one
learns in a textbook parametrizes the quantifier with sets.
Thus, the question of definiteness associated with names is
directed to the model theory of set theory. In turn, this is
questionable by virtue of the Russellian and Quinean arguments
for eliminating names by description theory. So, the model
theory of sets consists of a somewhat unconvincing discussion
of how parameters are constants that vary (see Cohen). If one
does not know the history of the subject, then one is simply
reading Cohen to learn some wonderful insights and does not
question his statements (after all, it is Paul Cohen, right?)
In Jech, there is an observation that forcing seems to
depend on the definiteness of "objects" in the ground
model such as the definiteness of the objects in the
If you read Goedel, there is a wonderful footnote explaining
the assumption that every object can be given a name in
his model of the constructible universe.
If you read Tarski, there is an explicit statement that
his notion of a formal language is not a purely formal
language, but rather one that has formalized a meaningful
language--by which one can assume that objects have
meaningful names. As for a "scientific" language generated
by definition, Tarski has an explicit footnote stating
that that is not the kind of language that he is
So, we have names being eliminated by Russell and Quine
and descriptive names being specifically excluded by the
correspondence theory intended to convey truth while the
notion of truth in the foundational theory that everyone
is using only presumes definiteness through parameters
But, the completion of an incomplete symbol requires
Who wouldn't be a little confused?