A topos (plural topoi, toposes) is a category that behaves like the category of sheaves of sets on a topological space. Topos theory consists of the study of Grothendieck topoi, used in algebraic geometry, and the study of elementary topoi, used in logic.

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Is there a characterization of coverings in subcanonical pretopologies?

Let $\mathcal C$ be a category. A sieve for $\mathcal C$ is called strictly universally epimorphic if it is one of the covering sieves for the canonical topology on $\mathcal C$. SGA4 gives the ...
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Subobject classifier in $Sets^{Q}$

Let Q be the linearly ordered set of rational numbers considered as a category while $R^{+}$ is the set of reals with $\infty$. In $Sets^{Q}$,prove that the subobject classifier $\Omega$ has ...
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Motivation for the definition of an infinitesimal object

An infinitesimal object $D$ in a Cartesian closed category $\mathsf{C}$ is one for which the internal Hom functor $$(-)^D: \mathsf{C} \to \mathsf{C}$$ has a right adjoint. I am wondering what is the ...
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Examples of certain types of toposes

I'm looking for examples of (non-degenerate) categories $\mathcal{C}$ such that both $\mathcal{C}$ and $\mathcal{C}^{op}$ are toposes (assuming that such categories even exist). On a related note, ...
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Is Rel a topos?

Is the category Rel of sets and relations a topos? I've done a few Google searches about this question but I haven't found any answers either way. And I can't recall any answers either way in any of ...
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Subobject classifier in $Set^{C^{op}}$

I'm reading "Sheaves in geometry and logic" and I'm not sure if i'm understanding some definitions. We have our functor $\Omega$ defined on objects by $\Omega(C)$$=\{$$S|$ $S$ is a sieve on C in ...
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Terminal object in $Set^{C^{op}}$ and subobject classifier.

This is from Sheaves in Geometry and Logic pg 38. I'm not sure if I understood it correctly but the subobject classifier in $Set^{C^{op}}$ when $C$ is a small category is a map (natural ...
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When does Sheafification commute with direct image?

Given a presheaf $\mathcal{F}$ on a space $X$ and a map $f: X \rightarrow Y$, when does $f_* A(\mathcal{F}) = A(f_* \mathcal{F})$, where $A$ is the associated sheaf/sheafification functor? Since ...
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Does internalization loses informations everywhere?

It is well known that a group object in Grp is necessarily abelian. This can be understood as "internalization loses information". Indeed, if one was to study group theory by looking at group objects ...
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Can a general version of the covariant powerset monad be derived from the universal property of power objects?

As the title asks, I'm wondering if one can generally squeeze a "covariant power object monad" out of a topos (following the usual example in $\mathcal{Set}$ with functor part the direct image ...
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A question about morphisms in a Grothendieck topos

I am not very familiar with topos theory so please excuse me if this is completely trivial. Fix an object $K$ in a Grothendieck topos $\mathcal{G}$. Let $k:0\to K$ be the unique morphism from the ...
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is the property of representability of a sheaf on the big etale site checkable on the small site?

Let $S$ be a scheme and $F$ a sheaf on $(\textbf{Sch}/S)_\text{etale}$, whose restriction to the small etale site $S_\text{etale}$ is representable (in fact in my case this restriction is ...
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When defining a Grothendieck pretopology,can we get away with less than the fibre product axiom?

$\newcommand\restr[2]{{\left.#1\right|_{#2}}}$ I'm fairly new to this whole area, so correct me if there are any technical errors in any of this. The base category for a classical sheaf is the ...
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The terminal object comes for free in the definition of a subobject classifier

This is Fact 1.4 in Tom Leinster's informal introduction to topos theory. It states the following: if there exists a mono $t:T \hookrightarrow \Omega$ that classifies the monos in our category, in the ...
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A Question on a claim regarding the notion of “space” in “Indiscrete Thoughts”

I'm reading Gian-Carlo Rota's book "Indiscrete Thoughts". In page 220 I came across a strange quotation with very few explanations: We thought that the generalizations of the notion of space had ...
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category of sheaves over an object

I'm looking for a solution of exercice III.8 (b) in Maclane and Moerdijk's book $\textit{Sheaves in Geometry and Logic}$. Where I can find such a solution ? Or can someone describe the topology J' ...
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Grothendieck Topology on the Category of Elements

We are given a site $(C, J)$ for a small category $C$ and a Grothendieck topology $J$. If $F\in Sh(C, J)$, we take the natural topology $J_F$ on its category of elements $el(F)$ induced by $J$. I am ...
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Revisiting “What is Mazzola's ”Topos of Music“ about?”

This question has been asked here: What is Mazzola's "Topos of Music" about? But I am dissatisfied with the response for several reasons and would like Math SE to revisit this ...
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sheaves of rings and maps to classifying topos

Let $R$ be the category of finitely presented commutative rings (but I don't know how necessary the hypothesis of finite presentation is for my question). Let $Set^R=Fun(R, Set)$ be the category of ...
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About certain regular epimorphisms in a Grothendieck Topos

I am supposed to prove a rather technical property which should hold in any Grothendieck Topos, but I have troubles in accomplishing this task. Here is the context for the question. Let then ...
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Equivalence of Modules

The category of modules over a ring can be viewed as an enriched version of an action of a monoid on a set (see nLab entry). Moreover, if $R$ is a commutative ring, the category of modules over it is ...
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Equivalent definitions of regular categories?

maybe this is a stupid question, but I could not solve it after some time of meditation. There are four different notions of regular categories: 1) A cartesian category with coequalizers of kernel ...
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What does it take to divide by $2$?

Theorem 1 [ZFC, classical logic]: If $A,B$ are sets such that $\textbf{2}\times A\cong \textbf{2}\times B$, then $A\cong B$. That's because the axiom of choice allows for the definition of ...
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Why are these two definitions of the left-adjoint to $u^p\colon PShv(D)\to PShv(C)$ equivalent?

Suppose $u\colon C\to D$ is a functor between categories. Then there is a functor $$ u^p\colon PShv(D)\to PShv(C) $$ between the associated presheaf categories by precomposition with $u$ as it is ...
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Some questions about synthetic differential geometry

I've been trying to read Kock's text on synthetic differential geometry but I am getting a bit confused. For example, what does it mean to "interpret set theory in a topos"? What is a model of a ...
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Why is the h-topology not subcanonical?

The h-topology introduced by Voevodsky on the category $Sch/K$ of separated schemes of finite type over a field $K$ is the Grothendieck topology associated with the pretopology whose coverings are of ...
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How much set theory does the category of sets remember?

Question. Let $M$ be a model of enough set theory. Then we can form a category $\mathbf{Set}_M$ whose objects are the elements of $M$ and whose morphisms are the functions in $M$. To what extent is ...
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Is a subobject classifier logically equivalent to set-inclusion?

Can one subsume the notion of set-inclusion $\subseteq$ and $\subset$ with the notion of a subobject classifier, expressed via an injective morphism $\hookrightarrow$? Specifically: Are the ...
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Is there a left adjoint to the inclusion of discrete (op)fibrations over $X$ into $\mathbf{Cat}/X$?

This would be intended to be like the adjoint to the inclusion of $Sub(X)$, the subsets of a set $X$ into $ \mathbf{Set}/X $, namely taking the image of a function--except "one level higher".
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etale sheafification of a presheaf

Consider the following presheaf on the big etale site of smooth schemes over a field $k$: to every smooth $k$-scheme $U$, associate $$F(U):= \{f: U \to \mathbb A^1_k ~|~ \text{$f$ factors through the ...
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Natural numbers object via initial morphism

I assume that a natural number object (or see nLab) can be defined as an initial morphisms. (edit: as in the title, I ment initial morphism, not objects) $\hspace{1cm}$ Thoughts: Probably $X:=1$, ...
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The closure of the graph of a certain composite in a topos.

Let $\mathcal{E}$ be an elementary topos with subobject classifier $\Omega$ and let $j\colon \Omega\to\Omega$ be a Lawvere-Tierney topology on it. Assume that, for an object $C$ of $\mathcal{E}$, each ...
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Where to study $2$-category theory?

Is there any place where I can read about $2$-categories? I am looking for a proper treatment - there is a section in Borceux's Handbook of Categorical Algebra, but it only sketches some parts of the ...
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Are there any stable $(\infty,1)$-topoi?

Can a stable $(\infty,1)$-category be an $(\infty,1)$-topos?
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What's the difference between a logic, an internal logic (language) of a category, an internal logic of a topos and a type theory?

maybe this question doesn't make sense at all. I don't know exactly the meaning of all these concepts, except the internal language of a topos (and searching on the literature is not helping at all). ...
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how would you define the term “elementary” in the context of categories and sets?

I was just reading P.T. Johnstone's introduction to his book "Topos Theory", where he uses the term "elementary" many times to classify the nature of theorems and definitions, examples below. I ...
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What makes “the topos $\mathbf{M}_2$” such a good counterexample?

I'd like to ask this question sooner rather than later; it might be a bit half-baked. So I'm sorry. It's just that there's a chance I'll be side-tracked from Topos Theory for a couple of months (with ...
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Arrows-only implication & disjunction in $\mathbf{Set}.$

Just before the truth-arrows in a topos subsection of Goldblatt's "Topoi: A Categorial Analysis of logic," descriptions of the truth functions $\Rightarrow$ and $\smallsmile$ are given in ...
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Strange monomorphism of sheaves

What is an example of a Grothendieck topology $J$ on a small category $\mathcal{C}$ such that the category of sheaves $\mathsf{Sh}(\mathcal{C},J)$ has a monomorphism which is not a monomorphism of ...
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Showing $f:a\to b$ is epic iff there exists some iso $g: f(a)\cong b$ with $g\circ f^*=f$.

This is Exercise 5.2.4 of Goldblatt's, "Topoi: A Categorial Analysis of Logic". In any topos, given $f:a\to b$, define $p, q: b\to r$ using the pullback of $f$ along itself like so ...
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Verifying a Construction Satisfies the $\Omega$-axiom.

I'm stuck on Exercise 4.5.1 of Goldblatt's, "Topoi: A Categorial Analysis of Logic". It's in the topos $\mathbf{Bn}(I)$ of bundles over a set $I$. Goldblatt asks the reader to verify that $\tag{1}$ ...
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Presheaves in a quasi-topos.

I do believe it is a trivial question. But unfortunately I don't know where I can find an answer. Where could I find the answer to the following question? If $S$ is a small category and $X$ is a ...
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Motivation of Strong Monics

Strong monics are defined as: A monic $m$ is strong iff every commutative square $mu=ve$, in $E$ with $e$ epi, has a diagonal i.e. there is a morphism $t$ such that $u=te$ and $v=mt$ in $E$. (where ...
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Learning the topology needed for topos theory.

I have just started learning topos theory and I am going through Mac Lane and Moerdijk's book, "Sheaves in Geometry and Logic". I have, unfortunately, very little experience with topology. I started ...
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Compare étale morphisms in Top and Schemes

Perhaps because I find the algebraic definition of étale morphisms (of schemes) hard to approach, I'm trying to bootstrap from my understanding of étale morphisms of topological spaces. In topological ...
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The dense topology

The definition of the dense topology confuses me. If $C$ is a category and $X \in C$, a sieve $S$ on $X$ is a covering for the dense topology iff for every $f : Y \to X$ there is some morphism $g : Z ...
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dense generators and left Kan extensions

Here is an exercise from Borceux, Handbook of Categorical Algebra I, p 174: Consider a category $\mathfrak{C}$, a family $(G_i)_{i \in I}$ of objects of $\mathfrak{C}$ and the corresponding full ...
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Are there any non-trivial finite elementary topoi?

Title basically says it all: are there any finite topoi (that is, finite set of objects, finite hom-objects) other than $\textbf{1}$ (the terminal category) and $\textbf{2}$ (the category $\ast ...
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A few questions concerning “universal colimits” and dense generating sets

My questions are triggered by Borceux, Vol 1, Proposition 4.5.6. The relevant part of the book is browsable on Google Books, but i'll go ahead and reproduce at least the statement here anyway: Let ...
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Studying Galois Cohomology from Category Theory.

I am a masters student with background in Category Theory - I also know some Topos Theory. I would like to ask if you think it would be possible to start studying Galois Cohomology without any ...