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### Large Cardinal Principles that Imply $\Sigma_3^1$-Generic Absoluteness

It is known that (light-face) $\Sigma_3^1$ generic absoluteness is consistent with $\mathsf{ZFC}$: Friedman and Bagaria showed that it holds in the $\text{Coll}(\omega, < \kappa)$ extension of $V$ ...

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### Adding a saturated ideal

Is it consistent that there is no $\omega_2$-saturated ideal on $\omega_1$, but one is introduced by an $\omega_2$-closed forcing?
Some motivation:
If $\delta$ is a Woodin cardinal, then it remains ...

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### Consistency strength of being strong cardinal and indestructible under collapses

What is the consistency strength of the following statement:
$\kappa$ is a strong cardinals and it is indestructible under $Col(\kappa, <\theta),$ where $\theta> \kappa$ is some fixed ...

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### Does stationary reflection imply Mahloness?

Suppose $\kappa$ is strongly inaccessible and every stationary subset of $\kappa$ reflects. Must $\kappa$ be Mahlo?
Remarks:
It is possible for every stationary subset of $\kappa$ to reflect, but ...

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### Collapsing the cardinals between two singular cardinals

Question 1: Is it consistent that there is a forcing notion collapsing $\aleph_{\omega\cdot 2}$ to $\aleph_\omega$ without collapsing $\aleph_\omega$ or $\aleph_{\omega\cdot 2 + 1}$?
If the ...

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### Class forcings and elementary embeddings

In the Hamkins-Kirmayer-Perlmutter paper "Generalizations Of The Kunen Inconsistency", they prove the following theorem:
"Theorem 7: In any set forcing extension $V[G]$, there is no nontrivial ...

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### Are there discontinuities in the large cardinal hierarchy?

Suppose that $\Phi(x,y)$ is a formula in the language of set theory so that for each natural number $n$, the axiom $\exists x\Phi(n,x)$ is a large cardinal axiom (for example consider $n$-huge ...

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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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### What sort of cardinal number is the Löwenheim-Skolem number for second-order logic?

In their paper "On Löwenheim-Skolem-Tarski numbers for extensions of first order logic", Magidor and Väänänen make the following statement:
"For second order logic, $LS(L^{2})$ ...

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### Vopenka's Principle for non-first-order logics

(For simplicity, the background theory for this post is NBG, a set theory directly treating proper classes which is a conservative extension of ZFC.)
Vopenka's Principle ($VP$) states that, given any ...

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### A question regarding extendible cardinals and a result of M. Magidor

The following definitions and Theorems come from M. Magidor's paper "On the Role of Supercompact and Extendible Cardinals in Logic" (Israel J. Math., Vol. 10, 1971):
"Definition: Logic is called ...

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### Does the critical sequence for subalgebras of elementary embeddings with finitely many generators have order type $\omega$?

Suppose that $\lambda$ is a cardinal. Let $\mathcal{E}_{\lambda}$ be the set of all elementary embeddings from $V_{\lambda}$ to $V_{\lambda}$. If $j,k\in\mathcal{E}_{\lambda}$, then define
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### If C is a closed, unbounded subset of Ord, are the sets generated by the new class of ordinals Ord restricted to C, a Universe?

Given any universe, and some closed unbounded subset of Ord, is it possible toy generate a universe in the following way:
Restrict Ord to a target club. Then generate all look the sets necessary to ...

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### Why does inner model theory need so much descriptive set theory (and vice versa)?

I am curious about how much descriptive set theory is involved in inner model theory.
For instance Shoenfield's absoluteness result is based on the construction of the Shoenfield tree which ...

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### Just a little absoluteness might be cheaper?

Absoluteness is a wonderful thing, but expensive consistency-strength wise. My question is, when can we get large amounts of absoluteness in specific situations for much cheaper?
Specifically, fix a ...

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### Details for Woodin's forcing argument for a saturated ideal from the Levy collapse

Theorem 2.65 in Woodin's book shows that a saturated ideal on $\omega_1$ exists after Levy-collapsing a Woodin cardinal $\delta$ to $\omega_2$. I am confused about the part of the argument where he ...

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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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### Should there be a true model of set theory?

As I understand it, there is a program in set theory to produce an ultimate, canonical model of set theory which, among other things, positively answers the Continuum Hypothesis and various questions ...

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### Where does this strengthening of I1 stand?

Let's call a cardinal $\delta$ an $\text{I1}$-tower cardinal if for each $A\subseteq V_{\delta}$, there exists a $\kappa<\delta$ such that whenever $\kappa<\alpha<\delta$ there is some ...

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### Formulating Kunen's inconsistency and Reinhardt cardinals in term of category theory

It is known that one can formulate certain large cardinal axioms (e.g. Vopenka's principle--see Mike Shulman's answer to Harry Gindi's mathoverflow question "Reasons to believe Vopenka's ...

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### What consistency results follow the assumption: $\forall\alpha(\aleph_{\alpha+1}\nleq2^{\aleph_\alpha})$?

In a recent question on Math.SE it was asked whether or not For every infinite cardinal $\mathfrak m$ there is no $\aleph$ number, $\kappa$, such that $\mathfrak m<\kappa<2^{\mathfrak m}$.
By ...

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### Whatever happened to $L(j)$?

So this question probably shows my inner model theoretic ignorance, but:
In "Two remarks on elementary embeddings of the universe" (http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.pjm/1102969567), ...

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### Around Vopěnka: Accessible category with small full discrete subcategories of arbitrary size?

I believe the model-theoretic version of the question is: is there a theory in finitary first-order logic which has, for each cardinal $\lambda$, a set $C_\lambda$ of $\lambda$-many models, such that ...

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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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### Universally Baire Tree Representation of Projective Sets

In Feng, Magidor, and Woodin "Universally Baire Sets of Reals", they show that if $A$ is a $\mathbf{\Pi}_2^1$ set and $U$ and $V$ are any pair of trees witnessing the universal baireness of $A$, then ...

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### Are the failure of SCH and “$cf([\mu]^{cf (\mu)},\subset)>\mu^+$ for some singular” equiconsistent?

Is it true that the following two statements are equiconsistent?
(1) $2^\mu>\mu^+$ for some strong limit singular cardinal $\mu$
(2) $cf([\mu]^{cf (\mu)},\subset)>\mu^+$ for some singular ...

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### name for an intermediate notion between huge and 2-huge

I am employing a large cardinal notion that has been used explicitly before, and I am wondering if someone has given it a good succinct name.
A cardinal $\kappa$ is huge if there is an elementary $j ...

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### When does Vopěnka's principle hold?

Vopěnka's principle (VP) is the statement that, given any proper class $\{\mathcal{A}_\eta: \eta\in ON\}$ of first-order structures in the same language, there are some $\alpha\not=\beta$ with ...

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### Explicit counter example to Vopěnka's principle in the constructible universe?

Vopěnka's principle is a large cardinal axiom which has many equivalent formulations. One of them, which I find especially appealing, is the following: if the universe is satisfies Vopěnka's principle ...

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### The role of the rigid relation principle ($RR$) in the Kunen inconsistency

Consider the rigid relation ($RR$) principle, i.e.
"every set admits a rigid binary relation", that is,"that for every set $A$ there is a binary relation $R$ on $A$ such that the structure $(A,R)$ is ...

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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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### Existence of $\kappa$-Suslin trees above a measurable cardinal

We have learned from Joel David Hamkins and Monroe Eskew that:
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Having a measurable cardinal $\delta$ we can force a $\kappa$-Suslin tree for many $\kappa$'s above $\delta$.
But is the ...

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### Consistency strength of $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypothesis

Question 1. What is known about the consistency strength of $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypothesis?
Question 2. What is known about the consistency strength of having both $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypotheis and ...

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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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### 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.
Where ...

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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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### 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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### 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 ...