# Thread: Enderton 3.7 Problem 1

1. ## Enderton 3.7 Problem 1

Let $\sigma$ be a sentence such that

$\text{PA} \vdash (\sigma \leftrightarrow \text{Prb}_{PA}\sigma).$

(Thus $\sigma$ says "I am provable," in contrast to the sentence "I am unprovable" that has been found to have such interesting proberties.)

Does $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$?

(Notation) PA stands for "Peano arithmetic", and Prb (textbook page 266) abbreviates "Provable".

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Löb's Theorem: Assume that T is sufficiently strong recursively axiomatizable theory. If $\tau$ is any sentence for which $T \vdash (\text{Prb}_T \tau \rightarrow \tau)$, then $T \vdash \tau$.

Textbook says that PA is sufficiently strong theory (page 269), so I think I can apply
Löb's Theorem directly.

By hypothesis, $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma \leftrightarrow \sigma)$.

We see that if $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma \rightarrow \sigma)$, then, $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$ by Löb's Theorem.

Further, if $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\sigma \rightarrow \text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma)}$, then we claim that $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$. Suppose to the contrary that $\text{PA} \not\vdash \sigma$. Then $\textbook{PA} \not\vdash \text{Prb}_\text{PA} \sigma}$ by the choice of $\sigma$, which follows that $\textbook{PA} \not\vdash (\sigma \rightarrow \text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma)}$.

Thus $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$.

Could you check the above?

Thanks.

2. ## Re: Enderton 3.7 Problem 1

Originally Posted by logics
By hypothesis, $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma \leftrightarrow \sigma)$.

We see that if $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma \rightarrow \sigma)$, then, $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$ by Löb's Theorem.
I agree.

Originally Posted by logics
Further, if $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\sigma \rightarrow \text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma)}$, then we claim that $\text{PA} \vdash \sigma$. Suppose to the contrary that $\text{PA} \not\vdash \sigma$. Then $\textbook{PA} \not\vdash \text{Prb}_\text{PA} \sigma}$ by the choice of $\sigma$
To conclude this, you need $\textbook{PA} \vdash (\text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma \rightarrow \sigma)$.

Originally Posted by logics
which follows that $\textbook{PA} \not\vdash (\sigma \rightarrow \text{Prb}_\TEXT{PA} \sigma)}$.
It is important that $T\not\vdash B$ does not imply $T\not\vdash A\to B$. For example, if $T$ is consistent, then $T\not\vdash\bot$, but $T\vdash\bot\to\bot$.