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Is there an accepted definition of $(\infty,\infty)$ category?

For probably twenty years, category theorists have known of some objects in the Platonic universe called "(weak) $\infty$-categories", in which there are $k$-morphisms for all $k\in \mathbb N$, with ...
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If I want to study Jacob Lurie's books “Higher Topoi Theory”, “Derived AG”, what prerequisites should I have?

I've been told that it's important to know modern physics, Differential Geometry and Algebraic Topology for understanding higher structures. Is there any other prerequisite for understanding Lurie's ...
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generalisations of the Seifert-van Kampen Theorem?

I have been reading Jacob Lurie's book "Higher Algebra", version May 8, 2011. One is grateful to him for covering such a lot of ground and for making it all so readily available. My attention was ...
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(∞, 1)-categorical description of equivariant homotopy theory

I'm trying to learn a bit about equivariant homotopy theory. Let G be a compact Lie group. I guess there is a cofibrantly generated model category whose objects are (compactly generated weak ...
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The Dold-Thom theorem for infinity categories?

Let $\mathcal{M}$ denote the category of finite sets and monomorphisms, and let $\mathcal T$ denote the category of based spaces. For a based space $X \in \mathcal T$, one has a canonical funtor $S_X ...
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$\infty$-topos and localic $\infty$-groupoids?

It's known that every classical (Grothendieck) topos is equivalent to the topos of sheaves on a localic groupoid (a groupoid in the category of locales). For the record, this is proved by, starting ...
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Chromatic Spectra and Cobordism

I apologize in advance, if some of the things I've written are incorrect. The cobordism hypothesis states that $\mathbf{Bord}^\mathrm{fr}_n$ is the free symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-category with ...
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What is higher equivariant homotopy?

In Lurie's "Survey of elliptic cohomology" it is claimed that there exists some mystical "2-equivariant homotopy theory" for elliptic cohomology. The classical equivariant elliptic cohomology is ...
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Limitations on model-categorical presentations

In higher category theory, it is common that a weak structure cannot be strictified in all directions simultaneously. For instance, a monoidal category is not (in general) equivalent to one that is ...
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DG categories in algebraic geometry - guide to the literature?

Although my experience with DG categories is pretty basic I find them to be a very neat tool for organizing (co-)homological techniques in algebraic geometry. For someone who has algebro-geometric ...
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Internal categories in simplicial sets

Is there a model structure (or more generally a homotopy theory) on the category of internal categories in simplicial sets, which presents the theory of $(\infty,1)$-categories? Note that this ...
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Proof that the homotopy category of a stable $\infty$-category is triangulated

I've been looking at various general strategies for proving that some category is triangulated, and Lurie manages to prove that a huge class of interesting examples of categories that we know about ...
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Is there an ∞-categorical interpretation of the Quillen S⁻¹S construction?

The Quillen S⁻¹S construction (not to be confused with the Quillen Q-construction or the Quillen plus-construction), as defined by Grayson in Higher algebraic K-theory: II (page 219), takes as an ...
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$\infty$-categorical interpretation of type theory

One can read at several places that Martin-löf type theory should be the internal language of a locally Cartesian closed infinity category, and that the univalence axiom should distinguished infinity ...
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On a question motivating Lurie's treatment of formal moduli problems

Lurie, in his ICM 2010 proceedings paper Moduli Problems for Ring Spectra (pdf), says that one motivating problem (for him, I presume, and possibly others) for thinking about formal moduli problems is ...
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Constructible derived category and fundamental category

Introduction (may be skipped) Given a nice topological space $X$, the category of local systems (say over a field $k$) on it is equivalent to the category of representations of its fundamental ...
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Does the classification diagram localize a category with weak equivalences?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category equipped with a subcategory of weak equivalences. Its "classification diagram" or "bisimplicial nerve" $N(C,W)$ is a bisimplicial set, for which $N(C,W)_n$ is the nerve of ...
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how to make the category of chain complexes into an $\infty$-category

I'd like to have some simple examples of quasi-categories to understand better some concepts and one of the most basic (for me) should be the category of chain complexes. Has anyone ever written down ...
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The category theory of $(\infty, 1)$-categories

There are many proposed models for the theory of $(\infty, 1)$-categories and it has now been shown that many of these theories have Quillen-equivalent model categories, i.e. that they are equivalent ...
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Stable ∞-categories as spectral categories

Let C be a stable ∞-category in the sense of Lurie's DAG I. (In particular I do not assume that C has all colimits.) Then C does have all finite colimits, the suspension functor on C is an ...
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Non-unique splittings of homotopy idempotents

By a homotopy idempotent I mean a map $f:X\to X$, where $X$ is a space, equipped with a homotopy $f\circ f \sim f$. In contrast to the situation in stable homotopy theory (where $X$ would be a ...
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Grothendieck's Homotopy Hypothesis - Applications and Generalizations

Grothendieck's homotopy hypothesis, is, as the $n$lab states: Theorem: There is an equivalence of $(∞,1)$-categories $(\Pi⊣|−|): \mathbf{Top} \simeq \mathbf{\infty Grpd}$. What are the ...
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What is a symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-category?

This question arose from reading Jacob Lurie's "Classification of topological field theories" paper. In that paper, he uses complete $n$-fold Segal spaces as a model for $(\infty,n)$-categories, but ...
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Quasicategories for non-simplicial model categories

If I have a simplicially enriched model category, then I can take the coherent nerve of the full subcategory of bifibrant opjects to obtain a quasicategory. If I have a model category that is not ...
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What is a Homotopy between $L_\infty$-algebra morphisms

A $L_\infty$-algebra can be defined in many different ways. One common way, that gives the 'right' kind of morphisms, is that a $L_\infty$-algebra is a graded cocommutative and coassociative ...
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Lemma 2.1.1.4 in Lurie's HTT

I have encountered a problem in understanding Lurie's proof of the following fact: "Given a left fibration between simplicial sets $q:X \to S$, there exists a functor $$ho(S) \to Ho(sSet)$$ which is ...
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Correspondence between operads and $\infty$-operads with one object

Given a simplicial operad one can form its category of operators. This is a simplicial category with a functor to the category of finite pointed sets which is a bijection on objects and whose hom-...
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Stable infinity categories vs dg-categories

What is the relation between dg-categories and stable $\infty$-categories? Given a dg-category one can form its dg-nerve and get a $\infty$-category (which will be stable if the dg-category is?). ...
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Examples of differential cohomology in cohesive $\infty$ topos

I might direct this question to Urs Schreiber directly, but just in case someone else has some interesting examples, I'll make the question public. The formulation of differential cohomology in ...
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Is the model category of Complete Segal Spaces right proper?

Well, the title is self-explaining, I guess - I am referring to the complete Segal space model structure of Theorem 7.2 in Rezk's article "A model for the homotopy theory of homotopy theories". Has ...
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real and complex vector spaces as topological categories

Let $Vect_{\mathbb{R}}$ be the category of (say, finite dimensional) vector spaces over $\mathbb{R}$. The automorphism group of the object $\mathbb{R}^n\in Vect_{\mathbb{R}}$, is $GL_n(\mathbb{R})$. ...
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Are $\infty$-topoi determined by their localic points ?

Hello ! If $T$ is an infinity topos, then you can consider the infinity category of geometric morphism from $Sh_{\infty}(\mathcal{L})$ to $T$ for any locale $\mathcal{L}$. This associate to $T$ an ...
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teaching higher algebra

Has anyone ever (successfully or unsuccessfully) taught a course in higher algebra (in the $\infty$-categorical sense)? I'm asking out of curiosity (and also hoping for more resources). The kind ...
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A tensor product for triangulated categories?

Many triangulated categories which show up in mathematics, such as derived categories of various sorts, arise as the homotopy category of a stable $\infty$-category. Stable $\infty$-categories give ...
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Adjoint functor theorem for infinity categories

In HTT, a version of the adjoint functor theorem for (locally) presentable infinity categories is proven (Corollary 5.5.2.9). Is there a more refined version of this somewhere, which more closely ...
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Categories which are not compactly generated

Do you know natural examples of triangulated categories (or [presentable] stable $\infty$-categories) which are not compactly generated? (ideally they'd be defined algebraically, but curious to hear ...
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Semi-simplicial versus simplicial sets (and simplicial categories)

Hi, Let's denote by "semi-simplicial set" a simplicial set without degeneracies, i.e. a contravariant functor from the category $\Delta_{inj}$ of finite linearly ordered sets and order preserving ...
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Cyclic spaces and S^1-equivariant homotopy theory

I'm trying to understand the relationship between cyclic spaces and S1-equivariant homotopy theory. More precisely, I only care about S1-spaces up to equivalence of fixed point spaces for the finite ...
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Equivariant homotopy, simplicially

It is a classic result of Kan that the homotopy categories (with appropriate model structures) of simplicial sets and of topological spaces (in fact, one could only care about CW-complexes) are ...
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Other examples of the algebro-geometric Ran space

First off, sorry if this seems vague. Let's recall some definition. Let $X$ be a curve over a field $k$ and $G$ an algebraic group, then the space $Ran_G(X)$ as defined by Lurie in his Tamagawa ...
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Are n-truncated quasicategories a model for n-categories?

In Higher Topos Theory, Lurie gives a description of $n$-categories (section 2.3.4) in terms of quasicategories. In other words, he gives a definition (2.3.4.1) of an $\infty$-categorical notion of $n$...
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Stable presentable categories as module categories

There is a theorem of Schwede and Shipley which classifies categories of modules over an A∞ ring spectrum as those stable presentable (∞,1)-categories with a compact generator. Suppose I ...
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When is a quasicategory over $N(\Delta)^{op}$ a planar $\infty$-operad?

In Lurie's DAG II, a notion of monoidal $\infty$-category is given that differs from the notion given in his later book Higher Algebra. In the former, the relevant structure is a cocartesian ...
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Loops and suspensions of higher categories

Given a pointed $(\infty,n)$-category $\mathcal{C}$, one can define the suspension of $\mathcal{C}$, $\Sigma\mathcal{C}$, via the homotopy pushout of $$\ast\leftarrow \mathcal{C}\rightarrow \ast.$$ ...
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Stability of adjunctions of infinity-categories by base change

Let $O \to O'$ be a functor between locally presentable symmetric monoidal $(\infty,1)$-categories (assume that the tensor product commutes in each argument with colimits, if necessary). Suppose that ...
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A completeness criterion for $\infty$-categories

We all know that for ordinary categories $\mathscr{C}, \mathscr{D}$ (with $\mathscr{C}$ small) the limit of a functor $F:\mathscr{C} \to \mathscr{D}$, if it exists, can be constructed by using ...
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Does simplicial localization with a 3-arrow calculus commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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The Yoneda Lemma for (oo,1)-categories?

According to this page on the nLab, it is currently unclear whether or not the entire Yoneda lemma generalizes to $(\infty ,1)$-categories rather than just the Yoneda embedding. Have there been ...
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When does simplicial localization commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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Which morphisms of ring spectra are of effective descent for modules?

There is a well understood bifibration of $\infty$-categories over the $\infty$-category of commutative ring spectra whose fiber over a ring $R$ is the category of $R$-module spectra. This is in ...