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Spring 1991 Is Cantorian set theory an iterative conception of set?
María J. Frápolli
Mod. Log. 1(4): 302-318 (Spring 1991).


The aim of this paper is to argue against the view that Cantor's is an iterative conception of set. I shall distinguish between the theory found in Grundlagen and Beiträge, which I call the "first theory," and that expounded in Cantor's correspondence with Dedekind and with Jourdain. I consider that Cantor's first theory encloses a naive and unrestricted concept of set, and that the set-theoretical paradoxes do therefore follow from it. In this sense, I do not support the idea that Cantorian set theory is an iterative conception of set, as maintained by Boolos, Parsons and Vang, among others, or Hallett's interpretation, which considers it from the outset as a theory of limitation of size.


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María J. Frápolli. "Is Cantorian set theory an iterative conception of set?." Mod. Log. 1 (4) 302 - 318, Spring 1991.


Published: Spring 1991
First available in Project Euclid: 6 March 2008

zbMATH: 0747.03003
MathSciNet: MR1112351

Primary: 04-03
Secondary: 01A55 , 01A60 , 03A05

Rights: Copyright © 1991 The Review of Modern Logic

Vol.1 • No. 4 • Spring 1991
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