For semisimple Lie algebra targets
For discrete group targets
For discrete 2-group targets
For Lie 2-algebra targets
For targets extending the super Poincare Lie algebra
(such as the supergravity Lie 3-algebra, the supergravity Lie 6-algebra)
Chern-Simons-supergravity
for higher abelian targets
for symplectic Lie n-algebroid targets
for the $L_\infty$-structure on the BRST complex of the closed string:
higher dimensional Chern-Simons theory
topological AdS7/CFT6-sector
This entry is to record the reference
This is the origin of the notion of Chern-Simons forms and their conception as secondary characteristic classes, which led to the refinement of the Chern-Weil homomorphism by Cheeger-Simons differential characters.
This is also where Chern-Simons theory derives its name from.
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