March 11, 2016
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The crisis in the foundations of mathematics is a conceptual crisis. I suggest that we embrace the crisis and adopt a pluralist position towards foundations. There are many foundations in mathematics. However, ‘many foundations’ (for one building) is an oxymoron. Therefore, we shift vocabulary to say that mathematics, as one discipline, is composed of many different theories. This entails that there are no absolute mathematical truths, only truths within a theory. There is no unified, consistent ontology, only ontology within a theory.