Two formal vindications of logicism. (English) Zbl 0838.03004

Czermak, Johannes (ed.), Philosophy of mathematics. Proceedings of the 15th international Wittgenstein-Symposium, 16-23 August 1992, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria. Part I. Wien: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky. Schriftenreihe der Wittgenstein-Gesellschaft. 20/I, 243-250 (1993).
The author presents two infinitary systems of type theory, the cumulative system \(K^\infty_\Delta\) and the infinitary system \(\Sigma_{(\kappa)}\), claiming that the notions and rules involved have purely logical character. A type theory is infinitary if it has finitely long formulae, but an infinitary number of rules of proof, or if it has infinitely long formulae. The discussion of \(\Sigma_{(\kappa)}\) results in the following vindication of logicism: “If a mathematical statement can be proven in \(PM\), then its translation can be proven without cuts …in an infinitary type logic (without nonlogical axioms, and without nonlogical inferences)” (p. 249 f.).
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03A05 Philosophical and critical aspects of logic and foundations
00A30 Philosophy of mathematics