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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence$
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Charles S. Chihara

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239750.001.0001

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The Constructibility Quantifiers

The Constructibility Quantifiers

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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Charles S. Chihara (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Sketches the basic idea for the approach taken. A mathematical system is to be developed in which the existential theorems of traditional mathematics are to be replaced by constructibility theorems: where, in traditional mathematics, it is asserted that such and such exists, it will be asserted in this system that something or other can be constructed. Thus, constructibility quantifiers are introduced in this chapter as logical constants of formal systems. The logic of the constructibility quantifier is explained in each case via possible worlds semantics, which is used as a didactic or heuristic device.

Keywords:   constructibility quantifier, mathematical existence, possible worlds semantics

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