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### Can the first ordinal in which $V\neq HOD$ be $\aleph_\omega$?

Assume that $V\neq HOD$ and let $\kappa = \min \{\alpha\in On \mid \mathcal{P}(\alpha) \not\subseteq HOD\}$.
Clearly, $\kappa$ is a cardinal.
Question: Is it consistent that $\kappa = ...

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### Reference for proof that consistency of $\omega_1$-Erdos cardinal implies Con(Chang's Conjecture)

What is a good source for Silver's proof (or a more modern version) that Con($\exists \omega_1$-Erdos cardinal) implies Con(Chang's Conjecture)?
Silver's original proof seems to have never been ...

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### Does an existence of large cardinals have implications in number theory or combinatorics?

Does an existence of large cardinals have implications in more down-to-earth fields like number theory, finite combinatorics, graph theory, Ramsey theory or computability theory? Are there any ...

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### Inaccessible cardinal and $\Sigma_1$ reflection

A theorem of A. Levy says that, if $\kappa$ is an inaccessible cardinal, then $V_\kappa\prec_{\Sigma_1}V$ namely $V_\kappa$ is an elementary submodel when considering only $\Sigma_1$ formulas.
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### $\text{ZFGC}^{\text{−f}}+\text{BAFA}+\exists\kappa(κ \text{ is Reinhardt})$ and its implication

A. S. Daghighi, M. Golshani, J. D. Hamkins, and E. Jeřábek proved in "The foundation axiom and elementary self-embeddings of the universe" that, working in ZFGC$^{\text{−f}}$+BAFA, there are ...

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### Philosophical arguments in defense (or against) large cardinals

The question is essentially what is asked in the title. I split it into two parts
(A) (Arguments supporting the existence of large cardinals) What are the main philosophical arguments in defense ...

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### A question on rank-to-rank embeddings

Consider a non-trivial elementary embedding $j:V_\lambda\to V_\lambda$ and, for each $A\subset V_\lambda$, set $j(A)=\bigcup_{\delta<\lambda}j(A\cap V_\delta)$.
In Implications between strong ...

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### Questions about $\aleph_1-$closed forcing notions

"Foreman`s maximality principle" states that every non-trivial forcing notion either adds a real or collapses some cardinals. This principle has many consequences including:
1) $GCH$ fails ...

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### Gödel's Constructible Universe in Infinitary Logics (A Possible Approach to HOD Problem)

Gödel's constructible universe ($L$) is defined using definable power set operator in first order logic ($\mathcal{L}_{\omega ,\omega}$). One can produce such a universe in infinitary logics in ...

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### Singularizing forcing of “small” cardinality?

Can there be a large cardinal $\kappa$ and a forcing of size $\kappa$ that makes $\kappa$ a singular cardinal? The motivation is that the standard Prikry forcing does not have a dense set of size ...

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### stationary tower forcing

It is known that if $\delta$ is a Woodin cardinal and $\kappa < \delta$, then the stationary tower forcing $\mathbb Q^\kappa_{<\delta}$ preserves cardinals up to $\kappa$ and forces $\delta = ...

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### cardinals below the critical point of a generic embedding

This may be an easy question. Are the cardinals below the critical point of a precipitous ideal embedding always absolute between the generic ultrapower and the generic extension?
To focus on the ...

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### presaturated ideals

In this paper, Gitik and Shelah make the following claim (part of Proposition 1.5):
Claim (Gitik-Shelah): Suppose $\kappa < \lambda$ are regular, $2^\lambda = \lambda^+$, and $D$ is a normal ...

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### The GCH in a reverse Easton support iteration

I am trying to understand the proof that the GCH can first fail at a weakly compact cardinal. We assume the GCH and that there exists a weakly compact cardinal $\kappa$, and we construct a reverse ...

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### Is there a simple combinatorial characterization for when a direct limit of ultrapowers of $V$ is well-founded?

I want to know if there are fairly simple combinatorial necessary conditions for when a direct limit of ultrapowers of $V$ is well-founded similar to $\sigma$-completeness. By combinatorial, I mean ...

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### Is there a compendium of the consistency strength between the most important formal theories?

Preliminar Notions:
A formal system is a tuple $(\Sigma,G,A,R)$ where $\Sigma$ is an alphabet (set of symbols), $G$ is a formal grammar on $\Sigma$ that generates a formal language $L$ (set of well ...

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### Singular Jonsson cardinals

Is the consistency of the following well-known:
$(*)$: There exists a singular cardinal $\kappa$ such that :
(1) $\kappa$ is a Jonsson cardinal,
(2) $\kappa$ is not a fixed point of the ...

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### Pseudo-Prikry sequences vs Prikry sequences

Definition: Let $V\subseteq W$ be two transitive models of $ZFC$. A pseudo-Prikry sequence, $s$, at a cardinal $\kappa$ for $(V, W)$ is an $\omega$-sequence, cofinal at $\kappa$ such that for every ...

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### Limits of determinacy on reals

For $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^\omega$, say that $X$ is determined if the associated game on $\mathbb{R}$ of length $\omega$ (players I and II alternate playing reals, player I wins iff the sequence built ...

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### $\delta$-strong compactness and generalized strong tree properties

Are there non-trivial equivalent characterizations of $\delta$-strongly compact (and almost strongly compact) cardinals in terms of generalized tree properties?
Recall the definitions as per Joan ...

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### Core model for supercompact cardinals and iteration trees

I have a few somehow related questions:
Question 1. What do we expect for an inner model $\mathcal{K}$ to be a core model for a supercompact cardinal? What properties should it have, and what ...

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### Cardinal characteristics without choice

(I'm taking my definition of a cardinal characteristic from Blass' excellent article http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~ablass/need.pdf, which cites Vojtas/Fremlin/Miller; theirs is more general, but I'm ...

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### Complete resolutions of GCH

Let's say that a "complete resolution of GCH" is a definable class function $F: \operatorname{Ord}\longrightarrow \operatorname{ Ord}$ such that $2^{\aleph_\alpha} = \aleph_{F(\alpha)}$ for all ...

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### Preserving Jonsson cardinals

I am (still) interested in trying to characterize and describe forcings that preserve Jonsson cardinals. A cardinal $\kappa$ is a Jonsson cardinal if there is no Jonsson algebra on $\kappa$, i.e. ...

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### Classify set theories whose transitive models sharing the same sets of ordinals are equal

This question is a follow-up from my recent question, Classifying set theories whose standard models sharing the same ordinals are equal
Let's say that a (recursively axiomatizable) set theory $T$ ...

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### Classifying set theories whose standard models sharing the same ordinals are equal

Let's say that a (recursively axiomatizable) set theory $T$ extending ZF is "ordinal-categorical" if, whenever $M$ and $N$ are standard models of $T$ sharing the same ordinals, one has $M = N$. For ...

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### Strongest large cardinal axiom compatible with $V = L$?

What is the strongest known natural large cardinal axiom compatible with $V = L$ (strongest in the sense that it implies all known "small" large cardinal axioms, where a large cardinal axiom is said ...

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### What are the current views on consistency of Reinhardt cardinals without AC?

It's well known that Reinhardt cardinals are inconsistent, provided that we have access to axiom of choice, but, as far as I know, we are clueless about this when we don't assume choice. For me, the ...

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### Simplest non-constructible set of integers compatible with the nonexistence of $0^\sharp$?

What is the simplest non-constructible set of integers (say, in the analytical hierarchy) that is compatible with the nonexistence of $0^\sharp$? In particular, can there still be a non-constructible ...

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### Elementary embeddings with the same critical point

Question: Is it consistent (relative to the existence of large cardinals) that there is an elementary embedding $j\colon V\to M$ (where $M$ is transitive model) that factors as $j = j_n \circ k_n$ for ...

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### Reinhardt cardinals and iterability

Work in $ZF$. Let $j:V\to V$ be a non-trivial elementary embedding which is iterable, so that we can iterate it and form models $M_\alpha, \alpha\in ON,$ with $M_0=V,$ and elementary embeddings ...

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### Good Books about Large Cardinals

I am very new to set theory and have only learned the basics up to cardinal and ordinal aritmetic. I would like to learn about large cardinals and I am reading Thomas Jech's Set Theory. I have read ...

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### The word problem of the free left distributive algebra on one generator

A left distributive algebra is a set $A$ together with a binary operation, $\cdot$, satisfying $a\cdot(b\cdot c)=(a\cdot b)\cdot(a\cdot c)$.
One important example of left distributive algebras arises ...

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### almost huge embeddings and stationary correctness

Suppose $\kappa$ is an almost huge cardinal. Using the characterization of Theorem 24.11 in Kanamori's book, one can show that if $j : V \to M$ is an embedding derived from an almost-huge tower of ...

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### Countable choice in $L(\mathbb{R}^*_G)$

Let $\lambda$ be a singular strong limit cardinal and let $G \subset \text{Col}(\omega,\mathord{<}\lambda)$ be a $V$-generic filter. Let $\mathbb{R}^*_G = \bigcup_{\alpha < \lambda} ...

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### Can the Cohen forcing collapse cardinals?

Let $\kappa$ be a regular cardinal, and let $\mathbb{P} = Add(\kappa,1)$ be the standard forcing notion for adding a new subset of $\kappa$ using partial function from $\kappa$ to $2$ with domain of ...

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### How to change the successor of a singular with a Woodin?

I'm looking for references on how to change the successor of a singular cardinal from "more or less" minimal assumptions. If possible, then without adding bounded subsets to the singular either.
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### Erdős cardinals and $0^\sharp$

It is well-known that if the Erdős cardinal $\kappa(\omega_1)$ exists, then $0^\sharp$ exists, but what if $\kappa(\lambda)$ exists for a limit ordinal $\omega_1^L\leq \lambda<\omega_1$? Does this ...

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### Iterated ultrapowers of L

If there exists a measurable cardinal, we can generate a sequence of iterated ultrapowers $\{Ult_U^\alpha(V)\}_{\alpha\in ON}$. If $0^\sharp$ exists, i.e. if there exists an elementary embedding ...

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### On the definition of the $\alpha$-iterable cardinals

I am reading the paper Ramsey-like cardinals II by Victoria Gitman and Philip Welch (Journal of Symbolic Logic, vol. 76, no. 2. pp. 541-560, 2011) and maybe I am missing something.
According to the ...

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### The impact of large cardinals in mathematics [closed]

What are the main applications of large cardinals in ordinary mathematics, and what is the philosophy behind using them. In particular:
Question 1. What is the philosophy behind accepting large ...

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### On a weak tree property for inaccessible cardinals

Suppose that $\kappa$ is inaccessible and consider a tree of height $\kappa$ whose levels have size strictly below some cardinal $\gamma < \kappa$. Does this type of tree always have a ...

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### higher-order reflection

In the first-order context, "reflection" of a formula $\varphi(x)$ below $\kappa$ refers to the the following situation:
There are many ordinals $\alpha<\kappa$ such that for all $a \in ...

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### ULTRAINFINITISM, or a step beyond the transfinite

Cantor has, in the immortal words of D. Hilbert, given all of us a paradise (or perhaps, I would rather say, a great vacation spot), the TRANSFINITE.
$\aleph_0, \aleph_1,\aleph_2\dots$
the lists ...

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### A variant of Chang's model with choice

Let $M_n$, $n < \omega$, be a models of $ZFC$ with the same ordinals, closed under countable sequences. Let $\alpha_n$ be an ordinal which is a regular cardinal in $M_n$.
Question 1: Is it ...

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### Failure of diamond at large cardinals

What is known about the failure of $\Diamond_{\kappa}$ (diamond at $\kappa$) for $\kappa$ (the least) inaccessible, (the least) Mahlo and (the least) weakly compact.
Remark. The problem of forcing ...

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### What are the known implications of “There exists a Reinhardt cardinal” in the theory “ZF + j”?

This is, alas, in large part a series of questions on unpublished work of Hugh Woodin; it's also quite frivolous if Reinhardt cardinals turn out inconsistent.
Definitions:
Call $\kappa$ an ...

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### Erdős cardinals and ineffable cardinals

In Cantor's Attic it is stated that an $\omega$-Erdős cardinal is a stationary limit of ineffable cardinals, and Jech book is given as a reference, but I cannot find this result in that book. I have ...

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### Questions about Prikry forcing and Cohen forcing

I have some questions.
The first one is about the product of Prikry's forcing.
Let $\kappa$ be a measurable cardinal, $U_1, U_2$ be normal measures on $\kappa$ and let $\mathbb{P}_{U_1}, ...

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### Ideas behind Gitik's solution of PCF conjecture

Recently Moti Gitik has refuted Shelah's PCF conjecture (see Short extenders forcings II ) by proving the following theorem:
Theorem. Assuming the consistency of infinitely many strong cardinals, one ...