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By Wolfgang Balzer;C.U. Moulines;J.D. Sneed

This publication has grown out of 8 years of shut collaboration between its authors. From the very starting we determined that its content material should still pop out because the results of a really universal attempt. that's, we didn't "distribute" components of the textual content deliberate to every certainly one of us. to the contrary, we made some extent that every unmarried paragraph be the made of a standard mirrored image. real team-work isn't as ordinary in philosophy because it is in different educational disciplines. we expect, even though, that this can be extra a result of idiosyncrasy of philosophers than to the character in their topic. shut collaboration with confident effects is as lucrative as whatever might be, however it can also turn out to be really tricky to enforce. In our case, a part of the problems got here from in basic terms geographic separation. This triggered unsuspected delays in coordinating the paintings. yet greater than this, as time handed, the buildup of specific effects and concepts outran our skill to slot them into an natural team spirit. assorted sorts of exposition, other ways of formalization, varied degrees of complexity have been at the same time found in a voluminous manuscript that had turn into thoroughly unmanageable. particularly, a section of the textual content have been conceived within the language of class conception and hired principles of a slightly summary nature, whereas one other half was once expounded within the extra traditional set-theoretic variety, stressing intui­ tivity and concreteness.

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We may mention some set-theoretic notation we have used which, though not idiosyncratic to this book, is not so universal or is sometimes used in a different manner. o is the empty set. If A and B are any sets, then 'A ~ B' means that A is a subset of B, 'A C B' means that A is a proper subset of B, 'Po(A)' denotes the power-set of A, 'II A II' the cardinality of A, and 'A \B' the set-theoretic difference of A wrt B. If R is any dyadic relation, then 'Dom(R)' denotes the domain of R and 'Rge(R)' its range or counterdomain.

Of course, DI-3 could be restated in a way capturing precisely this way of writing down concrete definitions of a structure species. Roughly, a structure species then would be given by a fixed number of typifications where all typifications operate on the same number of base sets, together with a list of "proper" axioms A;. It is routine and tedious to go into the syntactic details of such a definition. MODELS AND STRUCTURES 13 The most convenient way to proceed is this. We keep the general form of DI-3.

In general, DI-3 is still a bit restrictive in the following sense. In the course of introducing a class of potential or actual models we do not want to state explicitly the numbers of base sets and the k-types. Of course, these have to be determined somehow. e. by means of set-theoretic sentences. Usually, the number of base sets can simply be read off from the tuples occurring in the head of a definition. It is clear that instead of stating a k-type we just can write down the corresponding typification.

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