nLab true proposition




In logic, the true proposition, or truth, is the proposition which is always true.

The truth is commonly denoted truetrue, TT, \top, or 11. These may be pronounced ‘true’ even where it would be ungrammatical for an adjective to appear in ordinary English.


In natural deduction the inference rules for true is given by

ΓctxΓpropΓctxΞtrue\frac{\Gamma \; \mathrm{ctx}}{\Gamma \vdash \top \; \mathrm{prop}} \qquad \frac{\Gamma \; \mathrm{ctx}}{\Xi \vdash \top \; \mathrm{true}}

In classical logic

In classical logic, there are two truth values: true and false. Classical logic is perfectly symmetric between truth and falsehood; see de Morgan duality.

In constructive logic

In constructive logic, truetrue is the top element in the poset of truth values.

Constructive logic is still two-valued in the sense that any truth value which is not true is false.

In linear logic

In linear logic, there is both additive truth, denoted \top, and multiplicative truth, denoted 11. As the notation suggests, it is \top that is the top element of the lattice of linear truth values. (In particular, 11 \vdash \top but 1\top \nvdash 1.)

In a topos

In terms of the internal logic of a topos (or other category), truetrue is the top element in the poset of subobjects of any given object (where each object corresponds to a context in the internal language).

However, not every topos is two-valued (even if it is boolean, so there may be other truth values besides truetrue and falsefalse.

In type theory

In type theory with propositions as types, truth is represented by the unit type.

In homotopy type theory

In homotopy type theory, truth is represented by any contractible type.


In the topos SetSet

In the archetypical topos Set, the terminal object is the singleton set {*}\{*\} (the point) and the poset of subobjects of that is classically {*}\{\emptyset \hookrightarrow *\}. Then truth is the singleton set {*}\{*\}, seen as the improper subset of itself. (See Internal logic of Set for more details).

The same is true in the archetypical (∞,1)-topos ∞Grpd. From that perspective it makes good sense to think of

In this sense, the object truetrue in Set or ∞Grpd may canonically be thought of as being the unique (?2)-groupoid.

homotopy leveln-truncationhomotopy theoryhigher category theoryhigher topos theoryhomotopy type theory
h-level 0(-2)-truncatedcontractible space(-2)-groupoidtrue/​unit type/​contractible type
h-level 1(-1)-truncatedcontractible-if-inhabited(-1)-groupoid/​truth value(0,1)-sheaf/​idealmere proposition/​h-proposition
h-level 20-truncatedhomotopy 0-type0-groupoid/​setsheafh-set
h-level 31-truncatedhomotopy 1-type1-groupoid/​groupoid(2,1)-sheaf/​stackh-groupoid
h-level 42-truncatedhomotopy 2-type2-groupoid(3,1)-sheaf/​2-stackh-2-groupoid
h-level 53-truncatedhomotopy 3-type3-groupoid(4,1)-sheaf/​3-stackh-3-groupoid
h-level n+2n+2nn-truncatedhomotopy n-typen-groupoid(n+1,1)-sheaf/​n-stackh-nn-groupoid
h-level \inftyuntruncatedhomotopy type∞-groupoid(∞,1)-sheaf/​∞-stackh-\infty-groupoid

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