From Choosing Elements to Choosing Concepts: The Evolution of Feferman’s Work in Model Theory

  • Wilfrid Hodges
Part of the Outstanding Contributions to Logic book series (OCTR, volume 13)


When Solomon Feferman began his research with Alfred Tarski in the early 1950s, model theory was still in process of becoming a distinct part of mathematical logic. Although Feferman’s doctoral thesis was not in model theory, his interests included model theory from the start, and he published a paper in the field roughly once every six years throughout his career. His earliest work in model theory is recognised in the name ‘Feferman-Vaught theorem’, which stems from some very detailed bare-hands work on sums and products of structures. During the 1960s and 1970s he worked on applications of many-sorted interpolation theorems, in particular to derive results relating implicit and explicit definability in various contexts. In the 1980s he edited with Jon Barwise a monumental collection of essays on ‘Model-theoretic logics’. In more recent papers he reflected on the conceptual basis of model theory from a historical point of view.


Solomon Feferman Model theory Feferman-Vaught theorem Interpolation theorem 

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  1. 1.Herons BrookSticklepathEngland

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