Abstract:
Joint work with Juan Aguilera
Ordinal analysis traditionally measures the strength of formal theories using the supremum of the order types of their provable well-orders. In this talk, we will instead propose the use of proof-theoretic ordinals to measure de degree of soundness of a theory: to be precise, we define an ordinal-theoretic measure of the degree of hyperarithmetical correctness of a mathematical theory. We then characterize the ordinals that are assigned in this way to theories of various degrees of hyperarithmetical soundness.