On 2/27/2013 2:35 PM, John Mikes wrote:

Allow me please, one more remark: my ID for an axiom is */a "ground-rule" derived to facilitate the acceptance of a theory./*I suspect the axioms were invented AFTER the theoretical considerations to make themacceptable.

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Brent

They are called axioms because we cannot justify their acceptability. I am not ready to defend this. JM

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