Single Idea 10713

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / F. Set Theory ST / 3. Types of Set / b. Empty (Null) Set]

Full Idea

It is rare to find any direct reason given for believing that the empty set exists, except for variants of Dedekind's argument from convenience.

Gist of Idea

Usually the only reason given for accepting the empty set is convenience


Michael Potter (Set Theory and Its Philosophy [2004], 04.3)

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'Set Theory and Its Philosophy' [OUP 2004], p.59