Univalence in locally cartesian closed ∞-categories

David Gepner, Joachim Kock

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© 2017 by De Gruyter. After developing the basic theory of locally cartesian localizations of presentable locally cartesian closed ∞-categories, we establish the representability of equivalences and show that univalent families, in the sense of Voevodsky, form a poset isomorphic to the poset of bounded local classes, in the sense of Lurie. It follows that every ∞-topos has a hierarchy of "universal" univalent families, indexed by regular cardinals, and that n-topoi have univalent families classifying ( n-2 )-truncated maps. We show that univalent families are preserved (and detected) by right adjoints to locally cartesian localizations, and use this to exhibit certain canonical univalent families in ∞-quasitopoi (certain ∞-categories of "separated presheaves", introduced here). We also exhibit some more exotic examples of univalent families, illustrating that a univalent family in an n-topos need not be ( n-2 )-truncated, as well as some univalent families in the Morel-Voevodsky ∞-category of motivic spaces, an instance of a locally cartesian closed ∞-category which is not an n-topos for any 0 ≤ n ≤ ∞ . Lastly, we show that any presentable locally cartesian closed ∞-category is modeled by a combinatorial type-theoretic model category, and conversely that the ∞-category underlying a combinatorial type-theoretic model category is presentable and locally cartesian closed. Under this correspondence, univalent families in presentable locally cartesian closed ∞-categories correspond to univalent fibrations in combinatorial type-theoretic model categories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-652
JournalForum Mathematicum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Factorization systems
  • Infinity-Categories
  • Infinity-Quasitopoi
  • Infinity-Topoi
  • Localization
  • Univalence


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