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21. Authorized Predicates The following notation will be used: k β A for: the relationship of being an element of between a set k and a class A, in that order. for: the well-formed formula φ with some or all of ν1,…,νk among its free set variables and γ1,…,γn as parameters. By the last of the above definitions, the notation ^ signifies that the expression in the square brackets following it, is a class condition on the set variables indicated, in the sense given by the definiens. That is, the formula φ in which ν1,…,νk are free variables for sets and γ1…,γn are the parameters, determines a class each member of which is a normal k-tuplet corresponding to some system of values of the variables ν1,…,νk.

P can be transformed into a k-tuplet {cbk}, c being a (k—1)-tuplet having b1,…, bk–1as its members. (Lemma 2 (above)) {cbk} is the required normal k-tuplet in case k = 2. k > 2. ) c can be transformed into a (k-1)-tuplet {dbk–1}, d being a (k—2)-tuplet having b1,…, bk–2as its members. (Lemma 2 (above)) p can be transformed into the k-tuplet {{dbk–1}bk}, by the application of and to {cbk}. p becomes {d{bk–1bk}}, by application of which is the required normal k-tuplet in case k = 3. k > 3. ) d can be transformed into a (k—2)-tuplet {ebk–2, e being a (k—3)-tuplet having b1, …,bk–3as its members.

In sub-proof c(ii) we shall prove that the result of applying any of these steps to the members of a class of k-tuplets (to whose members such a step is applicable) is a class. For this purpose we require four lemmas. LEMMA 1 (sub-proof c(ii)): The result of applying or to the members of a class of k-tuplets (to whose members such steps are applicable) is a class. Proof 1 Let B be a class of k-tuplets. ) 2 B is the required class, for (AxIII(c2), p. 45) 3 B or Bis the required class, for (AxIII(c3), p.

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