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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Let L be a first order language. Let A be any set of sentences of L. We extend L0 (=L) to L1 by adding denumerably many constants c1, …,cn,… to L. We enumerate the existential formulas of L. We add Henkin axioms to L by taking each formula in the enumeration and making it the antecedant of a conditional whose consequent is an instantiation of the existential variable in the antecedent to the next earliest constant in the enumeration c1, …,cn,…

Up to here I think I get it. I have an extended system such that any existential claims entailed by the formulas in A, together with the appropriate Henkin axioms will yield instances of the existential claims via what I have seen called "witnessing constants". What I'm failing to see is why I need to go on? Once I have L1, why not just construct my model of L1? I am not understanding the move to add another set of constants and Henkin axioms, and then another, and so on to get L2,L3,etc.?

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious.

Up to here I think I get it. I have an extended system such that any existential claims entailed by the formulas in A, together with the appropriate Henkin axioms will yield instances of the existential claims via what I have seen called "witnessing constants". What I'm failing to see is why I need to go on? Once I have L1, why not just construct my model of L1? I am not understanding the move to add another set of constants and Henkin axioms, and then another, and so on to get L2,L3,etc.?

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious.