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Single Idea 10480

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 5. The Infinite / i. Cardinal infinity]

Full Idea

First-order logic is hopeless for discriminating between one infinite cardinal and another.

Gist of Idea

First-order logic can't discriminate between one infinite cardinal and another


Wilfrid Hodges (Model Theory [2005], 4)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.11

A Reaction

This seems rather significant, since mathematics largely relies on first-order logic for its metatheory. Personally I'm tempted to Ockham's Razor out all these super-infinities, but mathematicians seem to make use of them.