- Sort logic and foundations of mathematics
- Workshop on Infinity and Truth (Singapore)
- Book/source title
- Infinity and truth
- Pages (from-to)
- Singapore: World Scientific
- ISBN (electronic)
- Lecture Notes Series, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore: 1793-0758
- Volume (Serie)
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Interfacultary Research Institutes
- Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
I have argued elsewhere  that second order logic provides a foundation for mathematics much in the same way as set theory does, despite the fact that the former is second order and the latter first order, but second order logic is marred by reliance on ad hoc large domain assumptions. In this chapter I argue that sort logic, a powerful extension of second order logic, provides a foundation for mathematics without any ad hoc large domain assumptions. The large domain assumptions are replaced by ZFC-like axioms. Despite this resemblance to set theory sort logic retains the structuralist approach to mathematics characteristic of second order logic. As a model-theoretic logic sort logic is the strongest logic. In fact, every model class definable in set theory is the class of models of a sentence of sort logic. Because of its strength sort logic can be used to formulate particularly strong reflection principles in set theory.
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