Classically, a truth value is either $\top$ (true) or $\bot$ (false), hence an element of the boolean domain.
(In constructive mathematics, this is not so simple, although it still holds that any truth value that is not true is false.)
More generally, a truth value in a topos $T$ is a morphism $1 \to \Omega$ (where $1$ is the terminal object and $\Omega$ is the subobject classifier) in $T$. By definition of $\Omega$, this is equivalent to an (equivalence class of) monomorphisms $U\hookrightarrow 1$. In a two-valued topos, it is again true that every truth value is either $\top$ or $\bottom$, while in a Boolean topos this is true in the internal logic.
Truth values form a poset (the poset of truth values) by declaring that $p$ precedes $q$ iff the conditional $p \to q$ is true. In a topos $T$, $p$ precedes $q$ if the corresponding subobject $P\hookrightarrow 1$ is contained in $Q\hookrightarrow 1$. Classically (or in a two-valued topos), one can write this poset as $\{\bot \to \top\}$.
The poset of truth values is a Heyting algebra. Classically (or internal to a Boolean topos), this poset is even a Boolean algebra. It is also a complete lattice; in fact, it can be characterised as the initial complete lattice. As a complete Heyting algebra, it is a frame, corresponding to the one-point locale.
When the set of truth values is equipped with the specialization topology, the result is Sierpinski space.
A truth value may be interpreted as a $0$-poset or as a $(-1)$-groupoid. It is also the best interpretation of the term ‘$(-1)$-category’, although this doesn't fit all the patterns of the periodic table.
In synthetic topology with a dominance, some truth values are open.
homotopy level | n-truncation | homotopy theory | higher category theory | higher topos theory | homotopy type theory |
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h-level 0 | (-2)-truncated | contractible space | (-2)-groupoid | true/unit type/contractible type | |
h-level 1 | (-1)-truncated | contractible-if-inhabited | (-1)-groupoid/truth value | (0,1)-sheaf/ideal | mere proposition/h-proposition |
h-level 2 | 0-truncated | homotopy 0-type | 0-groupoid/set | sheaf | h-set |
h-level 3 | 1-truncated | homotopy 1-type | 1-groupoid/groupoid | (2,1)-sheaf/stack | h-groupoid |
h-level 4 | 2-truncated | homotopy 2-type | 2-groupoid | (3,1)-sheaf/2-stack | h-2-groupoid |
h-level 5 | 3-truncated | homotopy 3-type | 3-groupoid | (4,1)-sheaf/3-stack | h-3-groupoid |
h-level $n+2$ | $n$-truncated | homotopy n-type | n-groupoid | (n+1,1)-sheaf/n-stack | h-$n$-groupoid |
h-level $\infty$ | untruncated | homotopy type | ∞-groupoid | (∞,1)-sheaf/∞-stack | h-$\infty$-groupoid |
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