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Ω-incompleteness, truth, intentionality

Sergio Galvan

pp. 113-124

The subject of the paper is the ω-incompleteness of a formal theory which seeks to formalize finitist arithmetic. PRA (i.e. primitive recursive arithmetic) is normally considered to be the theory that formalizes finitist arithmetic.1 But the arguments which follow also hold if one assumes PA (i.e. Peano arithmetic) as the theory formalizing finitist arithmetic (in a broader sense, of course). I take two points of view: one internal to the theory, and one relative to some suitable non-conservative extension of it. I shall seek to show that: (i) with respect to the first point of view, ω-incompleteness entails an irreducible distinction between truth in finitist arithmetic and provability through methods based on finitist (finitary and concrete) evidence; (ii) with respect to the second point of view, this irreducible distinction can be overcome, but only if one accepts a form of evidence (non-finitary with respect to content, finitary in form but abstract). Abstract evidence is thus the finite expression of an intensional relationship between the subject and an infinite reality.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3529-5_6

Full citation:

Galvan, S. (2010)., Ω-incompleteness, truth, intentionality, in , Causality, meaningful complexity and embodied cognition, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 113-124.

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