**Description: **This syntax construction
states that a variable , which has been
declared to be a set variable by $f statement vx, is also a class
expression. This can be justified informally as follows. We know that
the class builder is a class by cab 2352.
Since (when
is distinct from
) we have by
cvjust 2361, we can argue that the syntax " " can be viewed as
an abbreviation for " ". See the
discussion
under the definition of class in [Jech] p. 4
showing that "Every set can
be considered to be a class."
While it is tempting and perhaps occasionally useful to view cv 1646 as a
"type conversion" from a set variable to a class variable, keep
in mind
that cv 1646 is intrinsically no different from any other
class-building
syntax such as cab 2352, cun 3236, or c0 3543.
For a general discussion of the theory of classes and the role of cv 1646,
see http://us.metamath.org/mpeuni/mmset.html#class.
(The description above applies to set theory, not predicate calculus. The
purpose of introducing
here, and not in set theory where it
belongs, is to allow us to express i.e. "prove" the weq 1648 of
predicate
calculus from the wceq 1647 of set theory, so that we don't
"overload" the
connective with
two syntax definitions. This is done to prevent
ambiguity that would complicate some Metamath
parsers.) |