Developing arithmetic in set theory without infinity: some historical remarks

History and Philosophy of Logic 8 (2):201-213 (1987)
Abstract
In this paper some of the history of the development of arithmetic in set theory is traced, particularly with reference to the problem of avoiding the assumption of an infinite set. Although the standard method of singling out a sequence of sets to be the natural numbers goes back to Zermelo, its development was more tortuous than is generally believed. We consider the development in the light of three desiderata for a solution and argue that they can probably not all be satisfied simultaneously
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