Abstraction and set theory

Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 41 (4):379--398 (2000)
Abstract
The neo-Fregean program in the philosophy of mathematics seeks a foundation for a substantial part of mathematics in abstraction principles—for example, Hume’s Principle: The number of Fs D the number of Gs iff the Fs and Gs correspond one-one—which can be regarded as implicitly definitional of fundamental mathematical concepts—for example, cardinal number. This paper considers what kind of abstraction principle might serve as the basis for a neo- Fregean set theory. Following a brief review of the main difficulties confronting the most widely discussed proposal to date—replacing Frege’s inconsistent Basic Law V by Boolos’s New V which restricts concepts whose extensions obey the principle of extensionality to those which are small in the sense of being smaller than the universe—the paper canvasses an alternative way of implementing the limitation of size idea and explores the kind of restrictions which would be required for it to avoid collapse
Keywords abstraction principle   set   limitation of size   sortal concept   definiteness
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Jonathan Payne (2013). Abstraction Relations Need Not Be Reflexive. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):137-147.
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