An important and fundamental axiom in set theory sometimes called Zermelo's axiom of choice. It was formulated by Zermelo in 1904 and states that, given any set of mutually disjoint nonempty sets, there exists at least one set that contains exactly one element in common with each of the nonempty ...

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Constructively, are all fibrations cloven?

A "cloven fibration" is a fibration for which we have an explicit choice of cartesian liftings; this is often phrased as, "We can pick a lifting without using the axiom of choice". Firstly, I'm a bit ...
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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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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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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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Is there any infinite set which is Dedekind finite and weakly Dedekind finite?

Is there any infinite set which is Dedekind finite and weakly Dedekind finite? If $X$ is a weakly Dedekind finite amorphous set, can we show that $\mathcal P(X)$, the power set of $X$, is also weakly ...
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The axiom $I_0$ in the absence of $AC$

It is well-known that if $AC$ holds and if $j: L(V_{\lambda+1}) \to L(V_{\lambda+1})$ is a non-trivial elementary embedding with $crit(j) < \lambda,$ then $\lambda$ has countable cofinality (and in ...
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Does Con(ZF + Reinhardt) really imply Con(ZFC + I0)?

The question is: if I assert in ZF that there exists a Reinhardt cardinal, do I really get a theory of higher consistency strength than when I assert in ZFC that there exists an I0 cardinal (the ...
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Can one divide by the cardinal of an amorphous set?

This question arose in a discussion with Peter Doyle. It is provable in ZF that one can divide by any positive finite cardinal $k$: if $X \times \{1,\ldots,k\} \simeq Y \times \{1,\ldots,k\}$ then $X ...
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Is there a particular field that cannot be proven to have an algebraic closure in ZF?

Proofs that every field has a unique (up to isomorphism) algebraic closure use some form of the axiom of choice. For uniqueness this is provably necessary: there are models of ZF in which $\mathbb{Q}$ ...
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Linear space with (Hamel) basis and the axiom of choice

It is true that the axiom of choice is equivalent to the statement that every linear space has a Hamel basis. There are some linear spaces which definitely don't need axiom of choice to possess (...
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Existence of Spanning Tree implies Well Ordering Principle

Every connected graph has a spanning tree. Every non-empty set can be well ordered. Basically I am trying to show that statement 1 implies statement 2. What I tried is as following: Let $X \ne \...
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Does “$|{\cal P}_2(X)| = |X|$ for $X$ infinite” imply ${\sf (AC)}$?

This comes from a comment made by user bof in this thread. Let $X$ be a set, define ${\cal P}_2(X) = \big\{\{a, b\}: a\neq b\in X\big\}$. Consider the statement ${\sf (S)}$ If $X$ is an ...
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How much choice does a linear or well-order on cardinals imply?

It is well-known that if the natural (partial) order on the class of cardinal numbers is a linear order, then it is in fact a well-order and the axiom of choice holds. I was, however, interested in ...
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Is the universality of the surreal number line a weak global choice principle?

I'd like to consider the principle asserting that the surreal number line is universal for all class linear orders, or in other words, that every linear order (including proper-class-sized) linear ...
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What sort of large cardinal can continuum be?

I have stumbled across a related question asking which large cardinal properties can hold for $\aleph_1$. This question is probably also related, asking in what ways $\aleph_0$ is a "large" cardinal. ...
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Is tree property inconsistent with Berkeley cardinals in the absence of Axiom of Choice?

On one hand due to Kunen's inconsistency theorem it is known that within $\sf ZF$, large cardinal axioms beyond Reinhardt cardinal are inconsistent with $\sf AC$. Also some recent results of Bagaria, ...
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Axiom of choice as zero dimensionality

In the paper Quantifiers and Sheaves by Lawvere, at the bottom of the second page, the author writes: "... the condition that every epi splits, which geometrically we would call 0-dimensionality ...
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Maximal chains and antichains of statements weaker than AC

First, I would like to say that I asked this question (a more general one actually) on math.stackexchange.com. Consider the set $\varPhi$ of statements in the language of ZF that are weaker than AC (...
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Does Łoś's theorem imply choice given a free ultrafilter?

In the paper "Łoś's theorem and the boolean prime ideal theorem imply axiom of choice" Howard has shown that Łoś's theorem and the boolean prime ideal theorem imply axiom of choice. At the end of the ...
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Darboux property of non-atomic sigma-additive nonnegative measures equivalent to the AC?

A result commonly, and probably erroneously, attributed to W. Sierpiński is that every non-atomic, countably additive, nonnegative measure $\mu: \Sigma \to \bf R$, where $\Sigma$ is a sigma-algebra on ...
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Axiom of choice and a set in the plane that intersects every line in two points

In this question Subset of the plane that intersects every line exactly twice someone ask for a reference of a paper where they proof the result : ''There exist a subset of the plane that intersects ...
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Finding non convex functions satisfying a weak form of convexity, without the axiom of choice

If a real-valued function $f$ over reals satisfies $$ (1) \; \; \; f({x+y\over2})\le {f(x)+f(y)\over2}, $$and it is continuous, then it is not hard to see that $f$ is indeed convex. On the other hand,...
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How close to being well-orderable does this make my powerset?

Let's work in a set theory without assuming AC (for instance, but not necessarily, ZF). Fix a set $k$ satisfying $k\times k \simeq k$, and consider its powerset $X = 2^k$. I have a technical condition ...
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Replacing Axiom of Choice with Axiom of Countable Choice

Many people find ACC more intuitive than AC ("Pick something from the first set, then something from the second set, then...) and it also doesn't lead to "controversial consequences" (See for eg: ...
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On the Axiom of Choice for Conglomerates and Skeletons

Say that $\mathcal{X}$ is a conglomerate if $\mathcal{X} = \{X_i: i \in I\}$, where each $X_i$ and $I$ are classes. The Axiom of Choice for Conglomerates is the statement: Whenever $\mathcal{X}$ and $\...
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Does Borel's proof for existence of normal numbers make an essential use of axiom of choice?

A normal number is a real number whose infinite sequence of digits in every base $b$ is distributed uniformly in the sense that each of the $b$ digit values has the same natural density $\frac{1}{b}$, ...
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Defining Global Choice in terms of strong limit cardinals over $ZF$

In his answer to user33038's mathoverflow question "What axioms are stronger than the Axiom of choice?", Prof. Hamkins writes: "What's more, the axiom of choice is equivalent over $ZF$ to the ...
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Some questions regarding Shelah's revised Generalized Continuum Hypothesis [closed]

It is well known that $\mathsf{ZF}+\mathsf{GCH}\vdash\mathsf{AC}$ (which means that the Kunen inconsistency can be proven in $\mathsf{ZF}+\mathsf{GCH}$). Consider now Shelah's revised Generalized ...
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A Banach-Tarski game

This is partially inspired by the question http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1383397/cutting-a-banach-tarski-cake, which I find intriguing if unclearly written. A paradoxical family of subsets ...
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Does this axiom (a weak form of class valued choice) has a name?

At some point in my work (which has nothing to do with set theoretics foundation) I need to consider the following axiom: For any set $X$, any class $V$ with a surjective map $f : V \...
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Does “cardinal arithmetic is well-defined” imply axiom of choice?

Let me quickly explain what I mean with my question. Let $(\kappa_i)_{i\in I}$ be a collection of cardinal numbers, indexed by elements of some set $I$. We can try to define $\sum\limits_{i\in I}\...
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Freeness of the group of principal ideals of a number field

This is just a question wondering whether a concrete (enough) result that can be proved using the axiom of choice can be proved without it. The result being that the group of principal ideals $P_K$ of ...
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A question about Cantor's Power Set theorem without the Axiom of Choice

Assume that we are working in ZF set theory without the Axiom of Choice. If S is an infinite set, let $S(f)$ denote the set of all finite subsets of $S$, let $S(I)$ denote the set of all infinite ...
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The patterns of possibility for nontrivial automorphisms and nontrivial elementary embeddings of the universe

In their paper "The Role of the Foundation Axiom in the Kunen Inconsistency" (arXiv:1311.0814 [Math.LO]), Daghighi, Golshani, Hamkins, and Jerabek show that the patterns of possibility for the ...
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Axiom of choice for sets of finite sets

The question I am going to ask is really to satisfy my curiosity, as I am not at all an expert of the subject and do not plan to really work on it. Hence, if you think the question is not suitable for ...
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How do I apply the Boolean Prime Ideal Theorem?

I have become aware of an amazing phenomenon from a myriad of questions and answers here on MathOverflow: many of the results that I would typically prove using the Axiom of Choice can actually be ...
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Logical strength of “choice functions exist for well-ordered families”?

A colleague of mine suggested the following weakening of the axiom of choice: If $\mathscr{F} := \{F_\alpha\}$ is a well-ordered family of non-empty sets (i.e., there is a bijection between $\...
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The role of the rigid relation principle ($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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Notions of infinity in $\mathsf{ZF}$ without choice

Consider the following statements about a given set $X$ in in $\mathsf{ZF}$: (1) There is $x_0\in X$ such that there is a surjective map $\varphi: X\setminus\{x_0\}\to X$. (2) There is an injective ...
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Independence of the countable axiom of choice

How does one proove that the Countable axiom of choice is not provable in ZF?Is there any brief proof?Does the Independence of the countable axiom of choice implies the independence of the axiom of ...
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Quasi-disjoint subsets of an infinite set and $\neg \mathsf{AC}$

Is it consistent with $\mathsf{ZF}$ (without $\mathsf{AC}$) that there is an infinite set $X$ and a subset $S\subseteq\mathcal P(X)$ of the same cardinality as $\mathcal P(X)$ with the property that ...
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Noetherianess of a finite module over a noethrian ring without Axiom of Choice

All rings are assumed to be commutative with 1. We say a module over a ring is strictly noetherian if every non-empty set of submodules has a maximal member. We say a ring is strictly noetherian if it ...
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Matching power series to infinity

As pointed out by Makoto, on this question about power series rings and the axiom of choice, an idea I had needed the axiom of dependent choice to work. However, the construction raises another ...
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Are two forms of the Dual Schroeder-Bernstein property equivalent?

We know the Shroeder-Bernstein (SB) theorem can be proved in ZF, while the Dual Schroeder-Bernstein (DSB) can be proved in ZF+AC but not in ZF. Define as ISB the property that whenever there are both ...
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Axiom of choice and vector spaces over a given field

It is my impression that the following question is open: Does the existence of a basis for every vector space over the field K = the reals having a basis imply the axiom of choice? I saw an answer ...
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A question regarding the Hahn-Banach theorem

Wikipedia states that, in $ZF$, the Axiom of Choice ($AC$) implies the Hahn-Banach theorem, but that the Hahn-Banach theorem does not imply $AC$. It also states that in $ZF$, the Hahn-Banach theorem ...
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Does k(X) have a k-basis for every set X, without AC?

This question is inspired by Pace Nielsen's recent question Does a left basis imply a right basis, without AC?. For any field $k$, the field $k(x)$ of rational functions in one variable has an ...
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What is known about global well ordering of classes in Gödel-Bernays?

I would like to have something like a linear order on classes, such that every instantiated predicate of classes has a minimal instance in that order. For my purposes, it is fine to assume V=L for ...
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A new cardinality living in every forcing extension?

This question is motivated by the papers http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.7456 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.1224. Say that a set $X$ is "generically presentable" over $V\models ZF$ if there is some ...
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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 ...