**September 25**

**Ralf Schindler**,
University of MÃ¼nster

**Martin's Maximum^++ implies the P_max axiom (*)**

Forcing axioms spell out the dictum that if a statement can be forced, then it is already true. The P_max axiom (*) goes beyond that by claiming that if a statement is consistent, then it is already true. Here, the statement in question needs to come from a resticted class of statements, and 'consistent' needs to mean 'consistent in a strong sense.' It turns out that (*) is actually equivalent to a forcing axiom, and the proof is by showing that the (strong) consistency of certain theories gives rise to a corresponding notion of forcing producing a model of that theory. This is joint work with D. AsperÃ³ building upon earlier work of R. Jensen and (ultimately) Keisler's 'consistency properties'.