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### How much choice is required to prove concretizability theorems in category theory?

A concretization of a category is a faithful functor to the category of sets. A category is concretizable if there exists such a functor.
An evident necessary condition for concretizability is ...

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**1**answer

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### Pullback-stability of internally projective objects

An object $X$ of a category $C$ is said to be projective if the hom-functor $C(X,-)$ preserves epimorphisms (or, in general, some restricted class of epimorphisms such as the regular or effective ...

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**1**answer

484 views

### Does ZF imply a weak version of Hahn-Banach?

I have encountered this when I was thinking about differentiability in Banach spaces. There, for $x\in X$ we usually need functionals $u\in X^*$ such that $|u|=1$ and $u(x)=|x|$. This is a simple ...

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votes

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### How to make countably closed forcing “nice” without choice

When working over a model $V$ of $ZFC$, countably closed forcings are extremely nice:
If $\mathbb{P}$ is countably closed, then $V[G]$ has no new $\omega$-sequences of elements of $V$. In ...

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vote

**1**answer

103 views

### Some definitions without full choice

Assume DC($\aleph_1$).
Can we define the following:
Basis for a vector space $V$ over a field $K$ such that $\operatorname{card}(K) \leq \aleph_1$ and we happen to find a generating set of $V$ of ...

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### Singular successors without large cardinals

Assuming the axiom of choice we have that successor cardinals are regular. However as one of the first examples of uses of forcing show, it is consistent relative to $\sf ZF$ that $\omega_1$ is ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Axiom of dependent choice (up to $\omega_1$) and group rank

Assuming the axiom DC($\omega_1$), is there a definition of the rank of a group ?
Another related question: assuming DC($\omega_1$), if we have two groups $A$ and $B$ of the same infinite rank, is ...

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185 views

### A few standard results (on metrizability and relative separation strength) without Choice?

I've been going back over some results from Munkres's Topology, and I'm curious about some things. (I originally posted this on M.SE, but I think it is probably a better fit here.)
I know that Choice ...

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**0**answers

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### The global dimension of fields

In the absence of the Axiom of Choice, it is not necessarily true that all vector spaces over a field have bases.
What are the possible global dimensions of fields in a model of ZF in which AoC ...

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**1**answer

571 views

### A question about the Axiom of Choice

Let AC denote the Axiom of Choice. Let PP denote the so-called "Partition Principle" which states that "If S is a non-empty set and T is a non-empty set of pairwise disjoint subsets
of S, then S can ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

245 views

### Proper-class sized “ring” with no maximal ideals

Suppose I have a collection of "elements" together with operations that satisfy the axioms for a commutative ring with identity --- except that these elements form not a set, but a proper class.
Must ...

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### Objects which can't be defined without making choices but which end up independent of the choice

It happens a lot of times that when one defines a new object (ring, module, space, group, algebra, morphism, whatever) out of given data one first chooses some additional structure. And sometimes ...

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votes

**1**answer

222 views

### Well-Ordering theorem of cardinal$\kappa$

I've heard from others about the WO($\kappa$) as a counterpart of AC($\kappa$), but I cannot find a suitable way to express it in ZF since "every set of cardnality $\kappa$ can be well-ordered" is ...

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votes

**1**answer

309 views

### Cardinals without choice: interpolation (reference wanted)

Is there a published reference for this ZF theorem?
Let $m,n\in\mathbb{N}$. If $a_1,\dots,a_m$ and $b_1,\dots,b_n$ are cardinals such that $a_i\le b_j$ for all $i$ and $j$, then there is a cardinal ...

**9**

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**1**answer

537 views

### Weakest choice principle required for Robertson-Seymour Graph Minor Theorem?

The main Robertson-Seymour Theorem states that finite graphs form a well-quasi-ordering under the graph minor relation. In other words, in every infinite set of finite graphs, there exist two graphs ...

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### Hahn's Embedding Theorem and the oldest open question in set theory

Hans Hahn is often credited with creating the modern theory of ordered algebraic systems with the publication of his paper Über die nichtarchimedischen Grössensysteme (Sitzungsberichte der ...

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**0**answers

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### Is the axiom of choice really related to choice? [closed]

I am not an an expert in set theory, so this question could be trivial. I am sorry in that case.
Let $I$ be a set and $\{ X_i \}_{i \in I}$ be a collection of sets such that $X_i \neq \emptyset$ for ...

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votes

**1**answer

369 views

### How much of ZFC do I need to construct this cofinal, order-preserving class function?

EDIT: I'm bumping this, because while Joel ruled out some naive options, my question in bold below is not yet answered.
Suppose I have a directed partially ordered set $(\Gamma,\leq)$ with a bottom ...

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votes

**1**answer

912 views

### Non-constructive existence proofs without AC?

Hi everyone,
This is a question I have been asking from long, but none of my colleagues could ever answer me:
It is a well-known fact that the axiom of choice (AC) allows one to prove the existence ...

**40**

votes

**1**answer

2k views

### When does $A^A=2^A$ without the axiom of choice?

Assuming the axiom of choice the following argument is simple, for infinite $A$ it holds: $$2\lt A\leq2^A\implies 2^A\leq A^A\leq 2^{A\times A}=2^A.$$
However without the axiom of choice this doesn't ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Are all models of ZF + DC + “All set of reals are lebesgue measurable” also models of CH? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate:
Lebesgue Measurability and Weak CH
I have studied a little set theory and I found that Solovay constructed a model of ZF+DC+"All set of reals are Lebesgue measurable" and ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

480 views

### Set theory question

It is known from a result of Sierpinski that the generalized continuum hypothesis (GCH) implies the axiom of choice (AC). It is also known from the celebrated results of Cohen that AC is independent ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Cantor's diagonal argument and ZF

Cantor's diagonalization construction, on a certain view, furnishes functions
$$d_X:{\rm Injections}(X,P(X))\rightarrow P(X)$$
that satisfy $\forall X\forall i\ \ d_X(i)\not\in i(X)$
In ZF, can ...

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votes

**3**answers

869 views

### Axiom of Choice and continuous functions

Do you know if the following statement is an equivalent form of the axiom of choice or not?
If $X$ is a compact metric space, then every continuous function $f: X \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

271 views

### on the Axiom of Choice and the Spectrum of Rings

consider the following theorem, when $R$ is a commutative ring with a non-zero identity:
A ring $R$ is zero-dimensional if and only if $\mbox{Spec(R)}$ is Hausdorff.
The proof uses the Axiom of ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

732 views

### Mathematics with the negation of AC

Clearly Very important results in Math require the Axiom of choice, for example "any vector space has a base". But in the absence of AC (i.e., only in ZF) it is possible that a vector space has no ...

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872 views

### Category and the axiom of choice

What are (if any) equivalent forms of AC (The Axiom of Choice) in Category Theory ?

**2**

votes

**1**answer

368 views

### Notation arb(x)

Suppose we have extended $ZF$ by adding to $ZF$ an unary function symbol $arb$ (an arbitrary element of a set) and a corresponding axiom "For every non-empty set $S$, $arb(S)$ is in $S$".
Will be the ...

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**5**answers

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### Compactness of the Hilbert cube without the Axiom of Choice

I am just curious: is there a published proof of the compactness of the Hilbert cube that does not use the Axiom of Choice, or is it well known?

**0**

votes

**2**answers

251 views

### Equivalent Forms of AC

There are many algebraic equivalences of AC in the literature. A famous one is "every ring with identity has a maximal ideal".
Where can I find this equivalences, specially those in rings theory !? ...

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votes

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### what axioms are between AC and Countable choice !

Hi All. Need some information. We all know axiom of choice (AC) and countable choice. Which axioms are between these two. I mean weaker that Axiom of choice but stronger than countable choice ?

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votes

**1**answer

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### Existence of model of ZF without AC, but with many choice function

Question 1: Does there exist models of the Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory without the axiom of choice, but such that every indexed family of non-void sets whose index set has a well-orderable cardinal ...

**4**

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### What axioms are stronger than the Axiom of choice?

What other axioms in set theory are stronger than AC ? I mean what are those axioms that will imply AC ?

**2**

votes

**3**answers

282 views

### Construct a fixed-point set operator

How to find an uncountable set $S$, and construct an function $f : 2^S
\longrightarrow S$ such that for any $T \subseteq S$, $f \left( T \right) \in
T$?
for example, let $S =\mathbb{R}$, how can I ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

249 views

### Is this height-transcendence-degree inequality true without AC ?

Let $R$ be a $k$-algebra ($k$ a field) and a domain of finite Krull dimension. In
$\quad$ Krull dimension <= transcendence degree?
it is shown that
$$\text{Krull-dim}(R) \le \text{trans.deg}_k ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Well-ordering with a topological property

Assuming the axiom of choice, is there a well-ordering of the reals such that every initial segment is closed for the usual topology? If the continuum hypothesis helps, we can also assume it.
An ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

328 views

### Name for this generalized pigeonhole principle?

For a set $X$, let $|X|$ denote its cardinality.
A block of a partition is a non-empty element of the partition.
Let $P$ and $Q$ be two partitions of a set $X$.
If $|P| < |Q|$ then $P$ ...

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votes

**8**answers

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### Result that follows from ZFC and not ZF but are strictly weaker than choice

A number of results that people use that require the axiom of choice (i.e. do not follow from ZF alone) are known to actually imply the axiom of choice. Therefore, one might naturally wonder whether ...

**4**

votes

**4**answers

686 views

### A question about the Axiom of Choice and straight lines in the Euclidean plane.

Let E be the Euclidean plane. Does there exist a collection C of subsets of E whose
union is E and which are all straight lines such that (1) No two distinct straight lines
belonging to C are parallel ...

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votes

**1**answer

580 views

### Categorifications of Zorn's lemma

I'm wondering about categorifications of Zorn's lemma along the following lines.
Lemma: if $\mathbf{C}$ is a small category in which every directed diagram of monomorphisms has a cocone of ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

293 views

### Complete anti-chain lattices and the axiom of choice

Hello, everyone. I'm trying to find out about lattices of anti-chains, and was wondering whether you could help me with getting to grips with a Comp. Sci. paper I'm struggling with.
I've been reading ...

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votes

**1**answer

812 views

### Differential equations and axiom of choice

In the most general context, the Picard-Lindelöf theorem (aka Cauchy-Lipschitz in French) asserts the existence of a maximal solution for $\dot{x}(t) = f(t,x(t))$, i.e. of a solution $x(t)$ defined on ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

541 views

### Can there be a global linear ordering of the universe without a global well-ordering of the universe?

This question arose in the answers to Asaf Karagila's
question Does ZFC prove that the universe is linearly orderable?. The answer there was that one can have a ZFC model with no global linear ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Existence of Non-Borel sets in models of “All sets measurable”

We know that the consistency of ZFC+"Exists an inaccessible cardinal" implies the consistency of ZF+DC+"All sets are Lebesgue measurable"; and DC proves the existence of non-Borel sets.
J. Truss ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Does ZFC prove the universe is linearly orderable?

It is consistent with ZFC that the universe is well-ordered, e.g. in $V=L$ where global choice holds. I also know that it is consistent that global choice fails (although I have no immediate example ...

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votes

**1**answer

430 views

### Does ZF bound countable unions of countable sets?

ZF proves that whenever a countable union of countable sets can be well ordered then its cardinality is at most $\aleph_1$. But what if it cannot be well ordered? The Feferman-Levy model shows the ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

353 views

### Inequivalent complete norms and the axiom of choice

Hi,
I've been wondering about the following :
Is it possible, without the axiom of choice, to have two inequivalent complete norms on a vector space?
All the examples of inequivalent complete norms ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Kaplansky's theorem and Axiom of choice

Kaplansky in his paper titled by Projective Modules gave an important and essential theorem as follow:
Theorem: Let $R$ be a ring, $M$ an $R$-module which is a direct sum of (any number of) countably ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

591 views

### In ZF, when is a disjoint union of metrizable spaces metrizable?

It is easy to see that the disjoint union $\bigsqcup_i X_i$ of a collection of
metric spaces is metrizable, simply by rescaling or chopping off
the individual metrics to have diameter at most one, and ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

457 views

### A combinatorial property implied by the Axiom of Choice

Let us say that a family $R$ of sets has the Finite Subcovering Property --- FSP --- if any subfamily of $R$ which covers the union $\cup B: B \in R$ has itself a finite subfamily which also covers. ...