@MISC{Visser06thepredicative, author = {Albert Visser}, title = {The Predicative Frege Hierarchy}, year = {2006} }

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In this paper, we characterize the strength of the predicative Frege hierarchy, P n+1 V, introduced by John Burgess in his book [Bur05]. We show that P n+1 V and Q + con n (Q) are mutually interpretable. It follows that PV: = P 1 V is mutually interpretable with Q. This fact was proved earlier by Mihai Ganea in [Gan06] using a different proof. Another consequence of the our main result is that P 2 V is mutually interpretable with Kalmar Arithmetic (a.k.a. EA, EFA, I∆0+EXP, Q3). The fact that P 2 V interprets EA, was proved earlier by Burgess. We provide a different proof. Each of the theories P n+1 V is finitely axiomatizable. Our main result implies that the whole hierarchy taken together, P ω V, is not finitely axiomatizable. What is more: no theory that is mutually locally interpretable