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Expressing ‘The Structure of’ in Homotopy Type Theory

Corfield, David (2017) Expressing ‘The Structure of’ in Homotopy Type Theory. Synthese, . ISSN 0039-7857. E-ISSN 1573-0964. (doi:10.1007/s11229-017-1569-7) (KAR id:63390)


As a new foundational language for mathematics with its very different idea as to the status of logic, we should expect homotopy type theory to shed new light on some of the problems of philosophy which have been treated by logic. In this article, definite description, and in particular its employment within mathematics, is formulated within the type theory. Homotopy type theory has been proposed as an inherently structuralist foundational language for mathematics. Using the new formulation of definite descriptions, opportunities to express ‘the structure of’ within homotopy type theory are explored, and it is shown there is little or no need for this expression.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11229-017-1569-7
Uncontrolled keywords: Structuralism · Definite description · Homotopy type theory · Mathematics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: David Corfield
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 08:22 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 14:38 UTC
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