Canonical truth

Philipp Schlicht , Merlin Carl

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We introduce and study some variants of a notion of canonical set theoretical truth. By this, we mean truth in a transitive proper class model M of ZFC that is uniquely characterized by some ∈-formula. We show that there are interesting statements that hold in all such models, but do not follow from ZFC, such as the ground model axiom and the nonexistence of measurable cardinals. We also study a related concept in which we only require M to be fixed up to elementary equivalence. We show that this theory-canonicity also goes beyond provability in ZFC, but it does not rule out measurable cardinals and it does not fix the size of the continuum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-803
Early online dateAug 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2022


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