coherence theorem for bicategories with finite limits

**(Power)** Any bicategory with finite bilimits is equivalent to a strict 2-category with finite flexible limits.

Let $K$ be a bicategory with finite bilimits, let $K \hookrightarrow [K^{op},Cat]$ be its Yoneda embedding, and let $K'$ be the closure of $K$ in $[K^{op},Cat]$ under finite flexible limits. Since $Cat$ is a strict 2-category with finite flexible limits, so is $[K^{op},Cat]$. And since $K$ has finite bilimits, and these are preserved by its Yoneda embedding, while flexible limits are in particular bilimits, every object of $K'$ is equivalent to an object of $K$. Thus, $K\simeq K'$.

- John Power, “Coherence for bicategories with finite bilimits”,
*Categories in computer science and logic*, 1989.

Revised on October 6, 2012 14:31:36
by Urs Schreiber
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