nLab set-theoretic multiverse

The set-theoretic multiverse




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The set-theoretic multiverse


The set-theoretic multiverse is a philosophical perspective on set theory, advocated by Joel David Hamkins, according to which

there are many distinct concepts of set, each instantiated in a corresponding set-theoretic universe.

This is in contrast to the “universe view”, which

asserts that there is an absolute background set concept, with a corresponding absolute set-theoretic universe in which every set-theoretic question has a definite answer.

The set-theoretic multiverse is at least informally analogous to such categorical notions as Topos, the 2-category of toposes, with each topos regarded as a universe of (“variable”) sets. See at topos theory and at categorical logic for more on this.


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