The Metamathematics of Putnam's Model-Theoretic Arguments

Erkenntnis 74 (3):321-349 (2011)
Abstract
Putnam famously attempted to use model theory to draw metaphysical conclusions. His Skolemisation argument sought to show metaphysical realists that their favourite theories have countable models. His permutation argument sought to show that they have permuted models. His constructivisation argument sought to show that any empirical evidence is compatible with the Axiom of Constructibility. Here, I examine the metamathematics of all three model-theoretic arguments, and I argue against Bays (2001, 2007) that Putnam is largely immune to metamathematical challenges
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Timothy Bays (2001). On Putnam and His Models. Journal of Philosophy 98 (7):331-350.
Paul Benacerraf (1985). Skolem and the Skeptic. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 59:85-115.

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