Tameness for set theory $II$

16 Mar 2020 Viale Matteo

The paper is the second of two and shows that (assuming large cardinals) set theory is a tractable (and we dare to say tame) first order theory when formalized in a first order signature with natural predicate symbols for the basic definable concepts of second and third order arithmetic, and appealing to the model-theoretic notions of model completeness and model companionship. Specifically we use the general framework linking generic absoluteness results to model companionship introduced in the first paper to show that strong forms of Woodin's axiom $(*)$ entail that any theory $T$ extending $\mathsf{ZFC}$ by suitable large cardinal axioms has a model companion $T^*$ with respect to certain signatures $\tau$ containing symbols for $\Delta_0$-relations and functions, constant symbols for $\omega$ and $\omega_1$, a predicate symbol for the nonstationary ideal on $\omega_1$, symbols for certain lightface definable universally Baire sets... (read more)

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