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12 On What Grounds What
"... Substance is the subject of our inquiry; for the principles and the causes we are seeking are those of substances. For if the universe is of the nature of a whole, substance is its first part;... —Aristotle(1984: 1688; Meta.1069a18–20) On the now dominant Quinean view, metaphysics is about what ther ..."
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Substance is the subject of our inquiry; for the principles and the causes we are seeking are those of substances. For if the universe is of the nature of a whole, substance is its first part;... —Aristotle(1984: 1688; Meta.1069a18–20) On the now dominant Quinean view, metaphysics is about what there is. Metaphysics so conceived is concerned with such questions as whether properties exist, whether meanings exist, and whether numbers exist. I will argue for the revival of a more traditional Aristotelian view, on which metaphysics is about what grounds what. Metaphysics so revived does not bother asking whether properties, meanings, and numbers exist. Of course they do! The question is whether or not they are fundamental. In §1 I will distinguish three conceptions of metaphysical structure. In §2 I will defend the Aristotelian view, coupled with a permissive line on existence. In §3 I will further develop a neoAristotelian framework, built around primitive grounding relations.
Types in logic and mathematics before 1940
 Bulletin of Symbolic Logic
, 2002
"... Abstract. In this article, we study the prehistory of type theory up to 1910 and its development between Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica ([71], 1910–1912) and Church’s simply typed λcalculus of 1940. We first argue that the concept of types has always been present in mathematics, thou ..."
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Abstract. In this article, we study the prehistory of type theory up to 1910 and its development between Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica ([71], 1910–1912) and Church’s simply typed λcalculus of 1940. We first argue that the concept of types has always been present in mathematics, though nobody was incorporating them explicitly as such, before the end of the 19th century. Then we proceed by describing how the logical paradoxes entered the formal systems of Frege, Cantor and Peano concentrating on Frege’s Grundgesetze der Arithmetik for which Russell applied his famous paradox 1 and this led him to introduce the first theory of types, the Ramified Type Theory (rtt). We present rtt formally using the modern notation for type theory and we discuss how Ramsey, Hilbert and Ackermann removed the orders from rtt leading to the simple theory of types stt. We present stt and Church’s own simply typed λcalculus (λ→C 2) and we finish by comparing rtt, stt and λ→C. §1. Introduction. Nowadays, type theory has many applications and is used in many different disciplines. Even within logic and mathematics, there are many different type systems. They serve several purposes, and are formulated in various ways. But, before 1903 when Russell first introduced
The Mathematical Development Of Set Theory  From Cantor To Cohen
 The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic
, 1996
"... This article is dedicated to Professor Burton Dreben on his coming of age. I owe him particular thanks for his careful reading and numerous suggestions for improvement. My thanks go also to Jose Ruiz and the referee for their helpful comments. Parts of this account were given at the 1995 summer meet ..."
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This article is dedicated to Professor Burton Dreben on his coming of age. I owe him particular thanks for his careful reading and numerous suggestions for improvement. My thanks go also to Jose Ruiz and the referee for their helpful comments. Parts of this account were given at the 1995 summer meeting of the Association for Symbolic Logic at Haifa, in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology logic seminar, and to the Paris Logic Group. The author would like to express his thanks to the various organizers, as well as his gratitude to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for its hospitality during the preparation of this article in the autumn of 1995.
The Iterative Conception of Set
, 2009
"... 2 The TwoConstructor case 5 2.1 Set Equality in the TwoConstructor Case............. 6 3 More Wands 9 ..."
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2 The TwoConstructor case 5 2.1 Set Equality in the TwoConstructor Case............. 6 3 More Wands 9
Mathematical Intuition vs. Mathematical Monsters
, 1998
"... Geometrical and physical intuition, both untutored and cultivated, is ubiquitous in the research, teaching, and development of mathematics. A number of mathematical “monsters”, or pathological objects, have been produced which⎯according to some mathematicians⎯seriously challenge the reliability of ..."
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Geometrical and physical intuition, both untutored and cultivated, is ubiquitous in the research, teaching, and development of mathematics. A number of mathematical “monsters”, or pathological objects, have been produced which⎯according to some mathematicians⎯seriously challenge the reliability of intuition. We examine several famous geometrical, topological and settheoretical examples of such monsters in order to see to what extent, if at all, intuition is undermined in its everyday roles.
Set Theory and Nominalisation, Part II
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1992
"... In this paper we shall meet the application of Scott domains to nominalisation and explain its problem of predication. We claim that it is not possible to find a solution to such a problem within semantic domains without logic. Frege structures are more conclusive than a solution to domain equations ..."
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In this paper we shall meet the application of Scott domains to nominalisation and explain its problem of predication. We claim that it is not possible to find a solution to such a problem within semantic domains without logic. Frege structures are more conclusive than a solution to domain equations and can be used as models for nominalisation. Hence we develop a type theory based on Frege structures and use it as a theory of nominalisation. Keywords: Frege structures, Nominalisation, Logic and Type freeness. 1 Frege structures, a formal introduction Having in part I informally introduced Frege structures, I shall here fill in all the technical details and show that Frege structures exist. Consider F 0 , F 1 ; : : : ; a family F of collections where F 0 is a collection of objects, and (8n ? 0)[F n is a collection of nary functions from F n 0 to F 0 ]. Definition 1.1 (An explicitly closed family) A family F as above is explicitly closed iff: For every expression e[x 1 ; : : : ; x n...
Set Theory and Nominalisation, Part I
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1996
"... This paper argues that the basic problems of nominalisation are those of set theory. We shall therefore overview the problems of set theory, the various solutions and assess the influence on nominalisation. We shall then discuss Aczel's Frege structures and compare them with Scott domains. More ..."
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This paper argues that the basic problems of nominalisation are those of set theory. We shall therefore overview the problems of set theory, the various solutions and assess the influence on nominalisation. We shall then discuss Aczel's Frege structures and compare them with Scott domains. Moreover, we shall set the ground for the second part which demonstrates that Frege structures are a suitable framework for dealing with nominalisation. Keywords: Frege structures, Nominalisation, Logic and Type freeness. 1 The Problems We shall examine the problem of the semantics of nominalised terms from two angles: the formal theory and the existence of models. 1.1 The problem of the formal theory Any theory of nominalisation should be accompanied by some ontological views on concepts  for predicates and open wellformed formulae act semantically as concepts. This is vague, however, if only because where I use the word concept, someone else might use class, predicate, set, property or even...
Reflections on Skolem's Paradox
"... In 1922, Thoraf Skolem published a paper titled "Some remarks on Axiomatized Set Theory". The paper presents a new proof of... This dissertation focuses almost exclusively on the first half of this project  i.e., the half which tries to expose an initial tension between Cantor's the ..."
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In 1922, Thoraf Skolem published a paper titled "Some remarks on Axiomatized Set Theory". The paper presents a new proof of... This dissertation focuses almost exclusively on the first half of this project  i.e., the half which tries to expose an initial tension between Cantor's theorem and the LöwenheimSkolem theorem. I argue that, even on quite naive understandings of set theory and model theory, there is no such tension. Hence, Skolem's Paradox is not a genuine paradox, and there is very little reason to worry about (or even to investigate) the more extreme consequences that are supposed to follow from this paradox. The heart of my...
Sets, Properties, and Unrestricted Quantification
, 2005
"... Call a quantifier unrestricted if it ranges over absolutely all things: not just over all physical ..."
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Call a quantifier unrestricted if it ranges over absolutely all things: not just over all physical