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Categorical models of intuitionistic theories of sets and classes
, 2004
"... The thesis consists of three sections, developing models of intuitionistic set theory in suitable categories. First, the categorical framework in which models are constructed is reviewed, and the theory of all such models, called Basic Intuitionistic Set Theory (BIST), is stated; second, we give a n ..."
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The thesis consists of three sections, developing models of intuitionistic set theory in suitable categories. First, the categorical framework in which models are constructed is reviewed, and the theory of all such models, called Basic Intuitionistic Set Theory (BIST), is stated; second, we give a notion of an ideal over a category, with which one can build a model of BIST in which a given topos occurs as the sets; and third, a sheaf model is given of a Basic Intuitionistic Class Theory conservatively extending BIST.
Sheaves for predicative toposes
 ArXiv:math.LO/0507480v1
"... Abstract: In this paper, we identify some categorical structures in which one can model predicative formal systems: in other words, predicative analogues of the notion of a topos, with the aim of using sheaf models to interprete predicative formal systems. Among our technical results, we prove that ..."
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Abstract: In this paper, we identify some categorical structures in which one can model predicative formal systems: in other words, predicative analogues of the notion of a topos, with the aim of using sheaf models to interprete predicative formal systems. Among our technical results, we prove that all the notions of a “predicative topos ” that we consider, are stable under presheaves, while most are stable under sheaves. 1
FirstOrder Logical Duality
, 2008
"... Generalizing Stone duality for Boolean algebras, an adjunction between Boolean coherent categories—representing firstorder syntax—and certain topological groupoids—representing semantics—is constructed. The embedding of a Boolean algebra into a frame of open sets of a space of 2valued models is re ..."
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Generalizing Stone duality for Boolean algebras, an adjunction between Boolean coherent categories—representing firstorder syntax—and certain topological groupoids—representing semantics—is constructed. The embedding of a Boolean algebra into a frame of open sets of a space of 2valued models is replaced by an embedding of a Boolean coherent category, B, into a topos of equivariant sheaves on a topological groupoid of setvalued models and isomorphisms between them. The latter is a groupoid representation of the topos of coherent sheaves on B, analogously to how the Stone space of a Boolean algebra is a spatial representation of the ideal completion of the algebra, and the category B can then be recovered from its semantical groupoid, up to pretopos completion. By equipping the groupoid of sets and bijections with a particular topology, one obtains a particular topological groupoid which plays a role analogous to that of the discrete space 2, in being the dual of the object classifier and the object one ‘homs into ’ to recover a Boolean coherent category from its semantical groupoid. Both parts of the adjunction, then, consist of ‘homming into sets’, similarly to how both parts of the equivalence between Boolean algebras and Stone spaces consist of ‘homming into 2’. By slicing over this groupoid (modified to display an alternative setup), Chapter 3 shows how the adjunction specializes to the case of firstorder single sorted logic to yield an adjunction between such theories and an independently characterized slice category of topological groupoids such that the counit component at a theory is an isomorphism. Acknowledgements I would like, first and foremost, to thank my supervisor Steve Awodey. I would like to thank the members of the committee: Jeremy Avigad, Lars
Why sets?
 PILLARS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE: ESSAYS DEDICATED TO BORIS (BOAZ) TRAKHTENBROT ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY, VOLUME 4800 OF LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2008
"... Sets play a key role in foundations of mathematics. Why? To what extent is it an accident of history? Imagine that you have a chance to talk to mathematicians from a faraway planet. Would their mathematics be setbased? What are the alternatives to the settheoretic foundation of mathematics? Besi ..."
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Sets play a key role in foundations of mathematics. Why? To what extent is it an accident of history? Imagine that you have a chance to talk to mathematicians from a faraway planet. Would their mathematics be setbased? What are the alternatives to the settheoretic foundation of mathematics? Besides, set theory seems to play a significant role in computer science; is there a good justification for that? We discuss these and some related issues.
Model theory and the tannakian formalism
, 2010
"... Abstract. We draw the connection between the model theoretic notions of internality and the binding group on one hand, and the Tannakian formalism on the other. More precisely, we deduce the fundamental results of the Tannakian formalism by associating to a Tannakian category a first order theory, a ..."
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Abstract. We draw the connection between the model theoretic notions of internality and the binding group on one hand, and the Tannakian formalism on the other. More precisely, we deduce the fundamental results of the Tannakian formalism by associating to a Tannakian category a first order theory, and applying the results on internality there. In the other direction, we formulate prove a general categorical statement that can be viewed as a “nonlinear ” version of the Tannakian formalism, and deduce the model theoretic result from it. For dessert, we formulate a version of the Tannakian formalism for differential linear groups, and show how the same techniques can be used to deduce the analogous results in that context.
Towards a Topos Theoretic Foundation for the Irish School of Constructive Mathematics
, 2001
"... . The Irish School of Constructive Mathematics ((M_c)^clubsuit), which extends the VDM, exploits an algebraic notation based upon monoids and their morphisms. [...] In this paper we exhibit an accessible bridge from classical formal methods to topostheoretic formal methods in seeking a unifying the ..."
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. The Irish School of Constructive Mathematics ((M_c)^clubsuit), which extends the VDM, exploits an algebraic notation based upon monoids and their morphisms. [...] In this paper we exhibit an accessible bridge from classical formal methods to topostheoretic formal methods in seeking a unifying theory.
A KripkeJoyal Semantics for Noncommutative Logic in Quantales
"... abstract. A structural semantics is developed for a firstorder logic, with infinite disjunctions and conjunctions, that is characterised algebraically by quantales. The model structures involved combine the “covering systems” approach of KripkeJoyal intuitionistic semantics from topos theory with ..."
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abstract. A structural semantics is developed for a firstorder logic, with infinite disjunctions and conjunctions, that is characterised algebraically by quantales. The model structures involved combine the “covering systems” approach of KripkeJoyal intuitionistic semantics from topos theory with the ordered groupoid structures used to model various connectives in substructural logics. The latter are used to interpret the noncommutative quantal conjunction & (“and then”) and its residual implication connectives. The completeness proof uses the MacNeille completion and the theory of quantic nuclei to first embed a residuated semigroup into a quantale, and then represent the quantale as an algebra of subsets of a model structure. The final part of the paper makes some observations about quantal modal logic, giving in particular a structural modelling of the logic of closure operators on quantales.
Cover semantics for quantified lax logic
 Journal of Logic and Computation
"... Lax modalities occur in intuitionistic logics concerned with hardware verification, the computational lambda calculus, and access control in secure systems. They also encapsulate the logic of LawvereTierneyGrothendieck topologies on topoi. This paper provides a complete semantics for quantified la ..."
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Lax modalities occur in intuitionistic logics concerned with hardware verification, the computational lambda calculus, and access control in secure systems. They also encapsulate the logic of LawvereTierneyGrothendieck topologies on topoi. This paper provides a complete semantics for quantified lax logic by combining the BethKripkeJoyal cover semantics for firstorder intuitionistic logic with the classical relational semantics for a “diamond ” modality. The main technique used is the lifting of a multiplicative closure operator (nucleus) from a Heyting algebra to its MacNeille completion, and the representation of an arbitrary locale as the lattice of “propositions ” of a suitable cover system. In addition, the theory is worked out for certain constructive versions of the classical logics K and S4. An alternative completeness proof is given for (nonmodal) firstorder intuitionistic logic itself with respect to the cover semantics, using a simple and explicit Henkinstyle construction of a characteristic model whose points are principal theories rather than prime saturated ones. The paper provides further evidence that there is more to intuitionistic modal logic than the generalisation of properties of boxes and diamonds from Boolean modal logic.
CATEGORIES OF COMPONENTS AND LOOPFREE CATEGORIES
"... Abstract. Given a groupoid G one has, in addition to the equivalence of categories E from G to its skeleton, a fibration F (Definition 1.11) from G to its set of connected components (seen as a discrete category). From the observation that E and F differ unless G[x, x] = {idx} for every object x of ..."
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Abstract. Given a groupoid G one has, in addition to the equivalence of categories E from G to its skeleton, a fibration F (Definition 1.11) from G to its set of connected components (seen as a discrete category). From the observation that E and F differ unless G[x, x] = {idx} for every object x of G, we prove there is a fibered equivalence (Definition 1.12) from C[Σ1] (Proposition 1.1) to C/Σ (Proposition 1.8) when Σ is a