impredicative

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  • impredicative definition — Term coined by Poincaré ; for a kind of definition in which a member of a set is defined in a way that presupposes the set taken as a whole. Poincaré believed that paradoxes like those of Russell and the barber were due to such definitions, and… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Impredicativity — In mathematics and logic, impredicativity is the property of a self referencing definition. More precisely, a definition is said to be impredicative if it invokes another set which contains the thing being defined.Russell s paradox is a famous… …   Wikipedia

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  • Ordinal collapsing function — In mathematical logic and set theory, an ordinal collapsing function (or projection function) is a technique for defining (notations for) certain recursive large countable ordinals, whose principle is to give names to certain ordinals much larger …   Wikipedia

  • Reverse mathematics — is a program in mathematical logic that seeks to determine which axioms are required to prove theorems of mathematics. The method can briefly be described as going backwards from the theorems to the axioms. This contrasts with the ordinary… …   Wikipedia

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