Kripke–Platek set theory with urelements

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The Kripke–Platek set theory with urelements (KPU) is an axiom system for set theory with urelements, based on the traditional (urelement-free) Kripke-Platek set theory. It is considerably weaker than the (relatively) familiar system ZFU. The purpose of allowing urelements is to allow large or high-complexity objects (such as the set of all reals) to be included in the theory's transitive models without disrupting the usual well-ordering and recursion-theoretic properties of the constructible universe; KP is so weak that this is hard to do by traditional means.

Preliminaries[edit]

The usual way of stating the axioms presumes a two sorted first order language L^* with a single binary relation symbol \in. Letters of the sort p,q,r,... designate urelements, of which there may be none, whereas letters of the sort a,b,c,... designate sets. The letters x,y,z,... may denote both sets and urelements.

The letters for sets may appear on both sides of \in, while those for urelements may only appear on the left, i.e. the following are examples of valid expressions: p\in a, b\in a.

The statement of the axioms also requires reference to a certain collection of formulae called \Delta_0-formulae. The collection \Delta_0 consists of those formulae that can be built using the constants, \in, \neg, \wedge, \vee, and bounded quantification. That is quantification of the form \forall x \in a or  \exists x \in a where a is given set.

Axioms[edit]

The axioms of KPU are the universal closures of the following formulae:

  • Set Existence: \exists a\, (a=a)

Additional assumptions[edit]

Technically these are axioms that describe the partition of objects into sets and urelements.

  • \forall p \forall a \, (p \neq a)
  • \forall p \forall x \, (x \notin p)

Applications[edit]

KPU can be applied to the model theory of infinitary languages. Models of KPU considered as sets inside a maximal universe that are transitive as such are called admissible sets.

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