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Putnam on Reference and Constructive Sets

Michael Levin

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 48, issue 1, pages 55-67
Published in print March 1997 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 1997 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/48.1.55
Putnam on Reference and Constructive Sets

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Putnam argues that, by ‘reinterpretation’, the Axiom of Constructibility can be saved from empirical refutation. This paper contends that this argument fails, a failure which leaves Putnam's sweeping appeal to the Lowenheim–Skolem Theorem inadequately motivated.

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