# Questions tagged [higher-category-theory]

For questions involving one or more categorical dimensions, or involving homotopy coherent categorical structures.

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### What did Gelfand mean by suggesting to study “Heredity Principle” structures instead of categories?

Israel Gelfand wrote in his remarkable talk "Mathematics as an adequate language (a few remarks)", given at "The Unity of Mathematics" Conference in honor of his 90th birthday, the following ...

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### Is there anything to the obvious analogy between Joyal's combinatorial species and Goodwillie calculus?

Combinatorial species and calculus of functors both take the viewpoint that many interesting functors can be expanded in a kind of Taylor series. Many operations familiar from actual calculus can be ...

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### categorical characterization of large cardinals

Question 1. Is there a categorical representation of Kunen's inconsistency result?
Question 2. Is there a categorical characterization of very large cardinals (in particular for strong and ...

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### Is the category Idem filtered?

I have recently been reading Lurie's "Higher Topos Theory", and come upon what I believe to be an erronous claim. However, the author goes to some pain as a result of that claim, and the error seems ...

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### A combinatorial approximation functor sSet->qCat

Let $sSet_J$ denote the category of simplicial sets equipped with the Joyal model structure. Simply by the fact that $sSet_J$ is locally presentable and its class of anodynes ($\neq \mathbf{Cof} \cap ...

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### Does the category of strict $2$-categories together with Dwyer-Kan equivalences provide a model for $(\infty,1)$-categories?

The question is the title.
In what follows, all $2$-categories and $2$-functors will be strict. Let $2-Cat$ denote the categories whose objects are $2$-categories and whose morphisms are $2$-functors....

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### Is there a quantum group or loop group description of a braided monoidal 2-category giving Khovanov homology?

Recall that there are (at least) two ways to describe the modular tensor category that $3$-dimensional Chern-Simons (with gauge group $G$ and level $k$) assigns to a circle: one involving ...

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### What to expect from spectral algebraic geometry

So I've been trying to learn some derived algebraic geometry, and I've chosen to approach the subject from the perspective of spectral or "brave new" algebraic geometry. Without having to go through ...

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### Specific cases of the tangle hypothesis in terms of “classical” n-categories

As is well known, the tangle hypothesis of Baez and Dolan proposes that, for suitable definitions, the $n$-category of framed $n$-tangles in $n+k$ dimensions is the free $k$-tuply monoidal $n$-...

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### What are some examples of weak ω-categories?

As is usual, let's say an (n, k)-category is something with
objects, morphisms, 2-morphisms, ..., n-morphisms, such that all
j-morphisms for j > k are invertible, everything meant in the
weak sense. ...

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### Cohesive ∞-toposes for analytic geometry

There is a class of big ∞-toposes that come with a good supply of intrinsic notions of differential geometry and differential cohomology: called cohesive ∞-toposes (after Lawvere's cohesive toposes).
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### Localizing $\mathrm{CombModCat}$ at the Quillen equivalences

Let $\mathrm{CombModCat}$ be the category of combinatorial model categories with left Quillen functors between them. By Dugger's theorem and the appendix of Lurie's "Higher Topos Theory" it ought to ...

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### Chiral categories versus braided monoidal categories

Let $X$ be a curve over $\mathbf{C}$. As I understand from the 2008 Talbot notes, a chiral category on $X$ consists of a crystal of categories on the Ran space $\mathrm{Ran}(X)$ (see these notes of ...

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### “extended TQFT” versus “TQFT with defects”

There are two ways in which higher categories appear in topological field theory: in extended TFTs and in TFTs with defects. How are these appearances related?
According to the Atiyah-Segal axioms, a ...

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### How can you unitalize a higher category?

Given an associative nonunital algebra $A$, there are (at least) two standard ways to produce a unital algebra $A'$ together with a map $A \to A'$. Following the discussion in the comments below, ...

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### Is there an analog of Kan's $Ex_\infty$ functor for quasicategories?

Is there a fibrant replacement functor in the Joyal model structure which can be described non-recursively, like $Ex_\infty$ for the Quillen model structure? I believe another way to put this is to ...

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### What is the history of the notion of subdivision of categories?

A recent answer by Peter May prompts me to ask a question which I have been considering to ask for several months. (The reason why I have not asked it before is that it is not directly related to my ...

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### Is every colimit-generator dense in an $\infty$-topos?

Recall that there are various senses in which a full subcategory $G \subseteq C$ may "generate" a category $C$. For example, in order of increasing strength (under reasonable conditions):
$G$ is a ...

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### Is the operadic nerve functor an equivalence of ∞-categories?

It is now known that the $\infty$-category of $\infty$-operads as defined by Lurie is equivalent to the underlying $\infty$-category of the model category of simplicial operads, see http://arxiv.org/...

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### Generating acyclic cofibrations for the various model structures in higher category theory

There are a number of model categories important in higher category theory, which provide a "presentation" of some $\infty$-category of $\infty$-categories. For example:
The Joyal model structure on ...

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### Higher homotopical information in racks and quandles

A quandle is defined to be a set $Q$ with two binary operations $\star,\bar\star\colon\ Q\times Q\to Q$ for which the following axioms hold.
Q1. a $\star$ a = a
Q2. (a $\star$ b) $\bar\star$ b = (a $...

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### What are the monomorphisms of ($\infty$-)toposes?

There are standard notions of "surjections" and "embeddings" of toposes. However, not every surjection is an epimorphism, and not every regular monomorphism is an embedding. (EDIT: as Alexander ...

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### Comparing derived categories of quasi-coherent sheaves in the lisse-etale and the big etale toplogy on an algebraic stack

I am trying to understand the proof of Proposition 1.4.2. in "A study of derived algebraic geometry Volume 1" by Gaitsgory-Rozenblyum. http://www.math.harvard.edu/~gaitsgde/GL/QCohBook.pdf, page 8.
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### Is there an “injective version” of the Bergner model structure?

The Bergner model structure on $sCat$ (simplicially enriched categories) has a "projective" flavor: fibrations are "levelwise" while cofibrations satisfy stringent relative "freeness" conditions.
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### What is a stable $(n,1)$-category?

My question in its simplest form is whether we have any understanding of stable $(n,1)$-categories, by analogy with stable $(\infty,1)$-categories and abelian categories (the latter being like "stable ...

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### Is there a Rado category?

The Rado graph appears to have a nice universality property (it contains all finite and all countably infinite graphs as induced subgraphs) and homogeinety property (any isomorphism between finite/...

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### KK-theory by abelianized correspondences of smooth stacks?

Whith (Kasparov, bivariant) KK-theory I am left with the nagging feeling that the theory is "more fundamental", than has been made explicit, that there is a "more profound" universal characterization ...

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### Is there any elementary text unravelling the definitions of 2-category, lax functor and lax transformation, allowing people who do not know in the first place what these things are to really understand the definitions?

The question is in the title.
My current research subject is the homotopy theory of $2$-categories. It may be slightly unreasonable to expect my PhD thesis to be read or even looked at by people ...

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### Homotopy pullbacks of simplicial sets; Joyal vs Kan-Quillen model structures

I am interested in comparison of homotopy pullback squares in the category of simplicial sets with respect to Joyal' model structure and Quillen's one.
Suppose we are given a (strict) pullback square
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### Is every weak $\infty$-bicategory (à la Lurie) an $\infty$-bicategory?

In Definition 4.1.1 of $(\infty,2)$-Categories and the Goodwillie Calculus I, Lurie defines a weak $\infty$-bicategory to be a scaled simplicial set that has the extension property with respect to ...

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### When does algebraic K theory behave like a cohomology theory

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a field. Let $K(\mathbb{F})$ be its algebraic (Quillen) $K$-theory spectrum. Let $X$ be a (nice, finite CW) topological space and let $\text{Rep}\Omega(X)$ be the DG category of (...

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### Standard model structures on $Top$

Call a model structure on $Top$ (the category of topological spaces) standard, if the weak equivalences are the weak homotopy equivalences. In this nLab page, two standard model structures on $Top$ ...

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### What suffices to check completeness in an n-fold Segal space?

Recall that a Segal space is a simplicial space $X : \Delta \to \mathrm{Spaces}$, $\bullet \mapsto X_\bullet$, which satisfies the
Segal condition: For each $j$, the map
$$ X_j \to \underbrace{...

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### When does a sheaf of categories represent a homotopy sheaf?

Suppose that $F$ is a sheaf of categories (on a Grothendieck site or even a topological space). By this, I mean a sheaf in the naive 1-categorical sense, so it can equivalently be viewed as a category ...

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### Compact objects in triangulated and infinity categories

Hello,
I think of a compact object in a category as an object, $Hom$ from which commutes with filtered colimits.
I guess that in an infinity category, one also defines a compact object as an object, ...

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### In what context can enriched category theory be done?

There are many possible situations one can do enriched category theory. See https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/category+of+V-enriched+categories#possible_contexts for a list.
My question is what ...

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### Is every presentable category a limit of locally finitely-presentable categories and finitary left adjoints?

Let $Pr^L$ be the category of presentable categories and left adjoint functors (probably this should be at least a (2,1)-category; anyway ultimately I'm interested in the $(\infty,1)$-setting). For ...

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### How to define the direct sum of TQFTs $(\infty,1)$-categorically?

Let $\mathit{Bord}_d$ be the symmetric monoidal category of $(d-1)$-manifolds and bordisms between them.
Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the symmetric monoidal category of $k$-modules. Then, for two symmetric ...

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### Bar construction and the $\infty$-categorical Barr-Beck theorem

I am studying the proof of the $\infty$-categorical version of the Barr-Beck theorem in Lurie's Higher Algebra, but there is a step of the proof that is puzzling me. In Lemma 4.7.3.13, a simplicial ...

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### Pushouts of commutative pseudomonoids

Let $(\mathcal{C},\otimes)$ be a symmetric monoidal bicategory. Assume that $\mathcal{C}$ has bicategorical coequalizers which are preserved by $\otimes$ in each variable. My question is if then the ...

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### Practice of higher categories - giving rigorous constructions

1) Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal $\infty$-category, $A$ an algebra object in $\mathcal{C}$, and $M$ a left $A$-module in $\mathcal{C}$. So, in Lurie's formalism, $\mathcal{C}$ is encoded by some ...

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### Identifying and reconstructing the derived category from its auto-equivalences

Background: Given a smooth irreducible algebraic variety $Y$ with $\omega_Y$ or $\omega_Y^{-1}$ ample. Then Bondal-Orlov theorem states that if there exists any other smooth algebraic variety $Y'$ ...

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### Framed higher Hochschild cohomology

Given an $E_n$-algebra $A$, one can define its $E_n$-Hochschild complex $CH_{E_n}(A,A)$ by the formula $$Ch_{E_n}(A,A)=RHom_{Mod_A^{E_n}}(A,A)$$ where $Mod_A^{E_n}$ is the category of $A$-modules over ...

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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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### Differentiation of Lie $\infty$-groupoids

I've been trying to understand how to differentiate Lie $\infty$-groupoids to get a Lie $\infty$-algebroid. First of all, I will state the definitions that I'm assuming.
A Lie $\infty$-groupoid is a ...

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### Which endomorphism algebras are not Morita-trivial?

Let $\mathcal C$ be a symmetric monoidal category — for example, $\mathcal C$ might be the category of $R$-modules for a commutative ring $R$. At a minimum, I request further that:
$\mathcal C$ is ...

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### TQFTs with target category of higher type than the source

In the classical version of the Cobordism Hypothesis, such as, e.g., in Jacob Lurie's On the Classification of Topological Field Theories, one considers the $\infty$-category of symmetric monoidal ...

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### Completion of n-fold Segal spaces

During a reading course about Jacob Lurie's paper about Local TQFTs, I came across the notion of Segal spaces as models for $(\infty,1)$-categories. Looking at things like the "double nerve" for 2-...

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### An Ex functor for the contravariant homotopy structure

I'm going to slack on the background and get to the point:
Is there a good notion of an $Sd/Ex$ adjunction for $sSet/S$ equipped with
the contravariant model structure (cofibrations are monomorphisms ...

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### E(n) Deformations of the infinity category Qcoh(X) with it's E(n)-tensor product

Let $X$ be a smooth scheme, then an infinity enchancement of $QCoh(X)$ has an $E_\infty$ structure and in particular an $E_n$ structure for any $n$. In this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/0805.0157 Ben-...