nLab locally




The word “locally” has several different meanings in category theory.


A category CC may be called “locally PP” (for some property PP) if each slice category C/XC/X is PP. Examples include locally cartesian closed categories.


A 2-category KK (or more generally enriched category) may be called “locally PP (for some property PP) if each hom-category (or more generally hom-object) K[X,Y]K[X, Y] is PP. Examples include locally discrete 2-categories, and locally graded and locally indexed categories.

Local presentability

Categories are called locally presentable if they are accessible and cocomplete. The “locally” in the name is intended to disambiguate between such categories and the finitely presentable objects in the 2-category Cat.


Unfortunately, these meanings can overlap. For instance, the term “locally cartesian closed 2-category” could in theory refer either to a 2-category whose slice 2-categories are locally cartesian closed, or a 2-category each of whose hom-categories are locally cartesian closed. For this reason, it is often worth considering whether a different term than “locally” may be used when naming such a concept.

(Note that for the bicategory of spans in some finitely complete category EE the hom-category Span(E)(A,B)Span(E)(A, B) is the slice category E/(A×B)E/(A \times B). Thus, hom-wise properties of Span(E)Span(E) coincide with slice-wise properties of EE.)

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