[FOM] Tangential to Slater and Numbers
Arnon Avron
aa at tau.ac.il
Thu Oct 9 14:18:07 EDT 2003
> Arnon Avron wrote:
> > On the other hand I find as extremely odd Slater's argument
> >that identifying the natural numbers with the finite von Neumann ordinals is
> >a grammatical mistake. ...
>
> >I bet that most people, if pressed about this point,
> > will say at the end that a number n is always the cardinality of the
> > set of numbers less than n (including 0):
> >
> > n=Card({k| k<n})
>
>
> So {{}, {{}}} = Card ({k| k<2})?
Yes, since by the law of identity
{{}, {{}}} = {{}, {{}}}
More seriously: If one accepts that
{{}, {{}}} = {k| k<2} (i.e. accepts von-Neumann definition of 0 and 1)
Then it would be very strange if s/he refuses to accept
{{}, {{}}} = Card ({k| k<2} (i.e.: von-Neumann definition of 2)
Now start with accepting 0={}.
Arnon Avron
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