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Cohen's model yet again

It has been discussed already whether a countable OD set necessarily contains an OD element. See e.g. A question about ordinal definable real numbers . A negative answer was obtained in Archive for ...
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What kind of set theory is obtained from the canonical models of K?

Consider the minimal normal modal logic $K$ (axioms = classical propositional logic + $(\Box(p\land q)\leftrightarrow\Box p\land\Box q)$ + $(\Box\top)$, nothing else). Its canonical model with no ...
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Why did Gödel name his constructible universe $L$?

It seems like Gödel didn't use the letter $L$ for his model before his book "The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum-Hypothesis with the Axioms of Set Theory", which is ...
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Partial Universes and the Axioms of $ZF$ Set Theory Without Choice

In his Senior Thesis, Samuel Coskey answered the question of which axioms of $ZFC$ hold at each stage of the cumulative hierarchy. Here is the list of his results: Axioms that always hold: ...
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Tree property using side conditions

The following problems were asked during the high and low forcing workshop: Question 1. Can one force tree property at $\kappa^{++}$ for $\kappa$ singular using side conditions? Question 2. ...
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Without Choice: Are there filters of cardinality continuum?

Is it provable, in ZF (without Choice), that every filter can be extended to one of cardinality continuum? The extended filter is not requested to be an ultrafilter.
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Uncountable models of Kelley-Morse set theory with only a countable number of sets

The Kelley-Morse set theory can be thought as the "full-secondorderification of $\sf ZFC$", where we switch from sets to classes and allow the comprehension schema to include quantifiers on class ...
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Why do we need a transitive model in forcing arguments?

One major approach to the theory of forcing is to assume that ZFC has a countable transitive model $M \in V$ (where $V$ is the "real" universe). In this approach, one takes a poset $\mathbb{P} \in M$, ...
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What ccc forcings add a Suslin tree?

In a comment to Miha's question in Forcing PFA with ccc forcing, I suggested that if such situation is even possible, it might be achieved by screwing with PFA by some ccc forcing (e.g. adding a Cohen ...
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Forcing PFA with ccc forcing

Is it consistent (from suitable large cardinals) that there is a ccc poset which forces PFA? This seems quite implausible to me. If we could force PFA via ccc forcing, the ground model would have to ...
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Compactness beyond extendibility

By a result of Magidor, $\kappa$ is extendible if and only if the infinitary $n$th-order logic over the language $L_{\kappa,\kappa}$ is compact for every $n < \omega$, where by compact, we mean ...
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How can two theories $T$ and $T+\phi$ be mutually interpretable?

Following Koellner in http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/independence-large-cardinals/, "a theory $T_1$ is interpretable in $T_2$ ($T_1 \leq T_2$) when, roughly speaking, there is a translation $\tau$ ...
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Further research on $\mathrm L_{\infty}$

In the mathoverflow question , "Godel's Constructible Universe in Infinitary Logics (A Possible Solution to $HOD$ Problem), Prof Hamkins answered user46667's question 2 What is $\mathrm L_{\infty}$...
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Why is Random forcing with $\mathbb{R}$, $2^\omega$, $\omega^\omega$ all the same?

By random forcing, I mean the partial order of Borel sets of the given space, modulo Lebesgue null sets, ordered by inclusion. I can not find a source proving that all these partial orders are forcing ...
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Spreading sets - especially without choice

For what follows, I work in ZF+AD+DC. However, the questions below are not obviously trivial in ZFC, so I'm also interested in results in that system. Suppose I have a set $X\subseteq \mathbb{R}$. ...
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Extracting subsequences in Banach spaces, along an ultrafilter?

There are various principles in Banach space theory that allow one to pass from a given sequence of vectors $(x_n)$, to a subsequence $(x_{n_k})$ with some desired property. I'm thinking here, in ...
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A question about how much set theory can be developed based on the “subset” relation rather than the “elementhood” relation

I apologize, if my question seems too elementary for "mathoverflow.net". Let T be a set theory formalized in the classical first order predicate calculus whose atomic formulas are "x is a subset of y" ...
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Radin forcing and large cardinals

Assume $\kappa$ is a $(\kappa+2)$-strong cardinal and let $j: V \to M \simeq Ult(V, E) \supseteq V_{\kappa+2}$ witness this where $E$ is a $(\kappa, \kappa^{++})$-extender. Also let $u$ be the measure ...
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Can the Kunen inconsistency (or the existence of Reinhardt cardinals) be 'properly formulated' in Ackermann set theory?

In their paper "Generalizations of the Kunen Inconsistency" (arXiv:1106.1951v1 [math.LO]10 Jun. 2011), Hamkins, Kirmayer, and Perlmutter write the following: The first [metamathematical issue--my ...
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Preservation of Woodinness when it overlaps the active extender

I'm trying to show that if a premouse $\mathcal M$ is 1-small then it's also tame. Definition. $\mathcal M$ is 1-small if for every extender $E$ on the $\mathcal M$-sequence, $\mathcal J^{\mathcal ...
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Comparing the sizes of uncountable sets of reals under AD

Working in ZF+AD, let $$\theta_0(X)=\min\{\alpha\in ON: \not\exists f: X\rightarrow \alpha\mbox{ surjective and OD}\}$$ be the least ordinal onto which $X$ does not surject in an OD way, for $X\...
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$\mathfrak b_a$: a new cardinal characteristic of the continuum?

By a partial function from $\omega$ to $\omega$ we understand a function $f:dom(f)\to\omega$ defined on an infinite subset of $\omega$. A family $\mathfrak F$ of partial functions from $\omega$ to $\...
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On the cardinal arithmetic of accessible categories

If $\lambda, \mu$ are regular cardinals, say that $\lambda \trianglelefteq \mu$ if $\lambda \leq \mu$ and $$\forall X, \, |X| < \mu \implies \mathrm{cf} (P_\lambda(X)) < \mu$$ Here $P_\lambda(X)...
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Ordinal-definable witnesses to the perfect set property?

This possibly a very basic descriptive set-theory question; if it is too basic for MO, feel free to migrate. Throughout we work in ZF+AD. My question is: If $A$ is an uncountable OD set of reals,...
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Cofinal monotone maps from $\omega^\omega$ to $\kappa^\kappa$

Given a cardinal $\kappa$ consider the set $\kappa^\kappa$ of all functions from $\kappa$ to $\kappa$, endowed with the partial order $f\le g$ iff $f(\alpha)\le g(\alpha)$ for all $\alpha\in\kappa$. ...
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Preservation of Baumgartner's I-ultrafilters under various forcings

For $I\subset \mathcal{P}(2^\omega)$, an ultrafilter $U$ on $\omega$ is said to be an I-ultrafilter if for all $f:\omega \to 2^\omega$, there exists $A\in U$ such that $f''[A]\in I$ [Baumgartner]. In ...
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On thin $\Sigma^1_2$ equivalence relations

This question is regarding Hjorth's paper "Some applications of coarse inner model theory", J. Symbolic Logic 62 (1997), no. 2, 337–365. Hjorth claims that if $E$ is a thin $\Sigma^1_2$ equivalence ...
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Critical points and the Foundation Axiom

(Note: This question is related to my previous mathoverflow question, "Critical Points in $ZF$ without Choice".) In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry "Non-Wellfounded Set Theory" (...
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Has a continuous map from $\kappa^\omega$ to $[0,1]^\omega$ a non-scattered fiber?

Question. Let $\kappa>\mathfrak c$ be a cardinal endowed with the discrete topology and $f:\kappa^\omega\to[0,1]^\omega$ be a continuous map. Is there a point $y\in[0,1]^\omega$ whose preimage $f^{-...
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A kind of saturation property related to forcing notions

Forcing is typically done over well-founded models. There are lots of good reasons for this, but it can feel confining at times. Fortunately, we can equally well force over non-well-founded models! It ...
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Bernstein sets of large cardinality

A metrizable space $X$ will be called a generalized Bernstein set if every closed completely metrizable subspace $C$ of $X$ has cardinality $|C|<|X|$. It is well-known that the real line contains ...
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What is the smallest density of a metrizable space without countable separation?

A Tychonoff space $X$ is defined to have countable separation if some (equivalently, any) compactification $bX$ of $X$ contains a countable family $\mathcal U$ of open sets such that for any points $x\...
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$2M = M$ and its subset

I have some question concerning arithmetic of cardinal in ZF. Write $ X = Y$ if there is a bijection between them. Let $M$ be a set such that $2M = M$. Can I show, in ZF, that any infinite subset $X$ ...
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Why relative consistency results by forcing arguments are provable in finitistic metatheory

It is claimed in many textbooks that relative consistency results, such as $\text{Con}(\text{ZFC})\rightarrow\text{Con}(\text{ZFC}+2^{\aleph_0}\geq\aleph_2)$, are provable in the finitistic metatheory....
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Intuitive descriptions of some large cardinals

I was trying to formulate intuitive descriptions of some large cardinals. Roughly something equivalent to "A manifold is an object which looks like patches of $R^n$ glued together". Not perfectly ...
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Well-ordering of power set of $\omega$

Assuming initially the background set theory ZF, what is the exact status of the existence of a well-ordering on the power set of $\omega$? How much needs to be added to guarantee this?
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Showing that $\alpha$ isn't a cardinal in $J_{\alpha+1}^{\vec E}$ for a fine extender sequence $\vec E$

In [FSIT] and [OIMT] it is claimed that there is a surjection from $P(\kappa)\cap J^{\vec E}_{\nu(E_\alpha)}\times[\nu(E_\alpha)]^{<\omega}$ onto $\alpha$, and that this surjection lies in $J_{\...
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Critical points in $ZF$ without Choice

Recall the definition of critical point for set theory: A critical point of an elementary embedding of one transitive class into another transitive class is the smallest ordinal not mapped to ...
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Are There Mutually Exclusive Large Cardinal Axioms in ZFC?

The various large cardinal axioms are usually described in terms of some roughly linear hierarchy of varying consistency strengths. However, some cardinal axioms potentially contradict one another. As ...
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Is there a model of ZF+ACC where transfer fails for the definable hyperreals?

A decade ago Kanovei and Shelah constructed a definable hyperreal field. The ultrapower used exploits a fairly large index set so that it is clear that the usual proof of Los and transfer does not go ...
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Definability using rudimentary function

Denote by RUD the set of all rudimentary functions, together with the function that takes any set to its transitive closure. Assume that I know that a binary relation $R$ is definable by some ...
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Transfer with minimal choice

Let FUF postulate the existence of a Free UltraFilter on $\mathbb{N}$ and ACC the axiom of countable choice. Consider the superstructure on $\mathbb{R}$ and its inclusion in the bounded ultrapower. ...
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On a strengthening of strong measure zero

Recall that a set of $X$ of reals has strong measure zero (SMZ) if for every sequence $\{\epsilon_n:n<\omega\}$ of positive real numbers, there is a sequence $\{I_n:n<\omega\}$ of intervals such ...
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Is it inconsistent for a model of set theory to contain its own first order theory?

I am wondering if it is inconsistent to have a model of set theory V such that V contains an $A\subset \omega$ that codes its first order theory.I.e. for all $\{\underline\epsilon\}$-sentences $\phi$, ...
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Can Dedekind's 'proof' of the existence of infinite sets be properly formulated and carried out in positive set theory?

This question is related to Mikhail Katz's recent mathoverflow question, "Has Dedekind's proof of the existence of existence of infinite sets been analyzed by historians?". Dedekind's 'proof' seems (...
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Full epsilon-induction and bounded epsilon-induction

epsilon-induction is the scheme: $\forall x(\forall y\in x\varphi (y)\rightarrow \varphi (x))\rightarrow \forall x\varphi (x)$. Let "bounded epsilon-induction" be the above scheme, but only for ...
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Has Dedekind's proof of existence of infinite sets been analyzed by historians?

This pdf by David Joyce notes that in paragraph 66 of his famous essay, Dedekind claims to prove the existence of an infinite set. The proof exploits the assumption that there exists a set $S$ of all ...
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When are generic models not too wild?

This is a question related to ideas raised in http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.1224 and http://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.7456.pdf. Basically, the idea is the following: Suppose I have a first-order theory $T$. ...
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Real-valued measurable cardinals

A cardinal $\kappa$ is real-valued measurable if there is a probability measure on the $\sigma$-algebra of all subsets of $\kappa$ which is zero on singletons and additive on disjoint families of ...
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Is there a proof (maybe formulated by Feferman) which says that a proof about the (in)consistency of ZFC is unachievable? [closed]

Is there a proof (maybe formulated by Feferman) which says that a proof about the (in)consistency of ZFC is unachievable? A professor said it to me a long time ago, but I don't have any references. ...