Journal of Symbolic Logic

Who were the American Postulate Theorists?

Michael Scanlan

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Articles by two American mathematicians, E. V. Huntington and Oswald Veblen, are discussed as examples of a movement in foundational research in the period 1900-1930 called American postulate theory. This movement also included E. H. Moore, R. L. Moore, C. H. Langford, H. M. Sheffer, C. J. Keyser, and others. The articles discussed exemplify American postulate theorists' standards for axiomatizations of mathematical theories, and their investigations of such axiomatizations with respect to metatheoretic properties such as independence, completeness, and consistency.

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J. Symbolic Logic, Volume 56, Issue 3 (1991), 981-1002.

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Scanlan, Michael. Who were the American Postulate Theorists?. J. Symbolic Logic 56 (1991), no. 3, 981--1002. doi:10.2178/jsl/1183743745.

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