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Topic: Equality and set theory
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Nathan

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Re: Equality and set theory
Posted: Sep 18, 2006 3:18 PM
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agapito6...@aol.com wrote:
> The Axiom of Extensionality defines equality of sets. Is there some
> axiom in the theory that also defines equality for individuals?


What are "individuals"? In ZFC everything is a set.

> For example if one wants to prove
> {x: ~(x=x)} = 0
> one would need something like
> Az z=z. Does this belong in set theory or it must be "imported" from
> somewhere?


Extensionality takes care of this just fine.
If you have ~(x=x) then x has an element y such that y is not an
element of x. So the set of all such x is empty.




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