(-1)-category

- homotopy hypothesis-theorem
- delooping hypothesis-theorem
- periodic table
- stabilization hypothesis-theorem
- exactness hypothesis
- holographic principle

- (n,r)-category
- Theta-space
- ∞-category/∞-category
- (∞,n)-category
- (∞,2)-category
- (∞,1)-category
- (∞,0)-category/∞-groupoid
- n-category = (n,n)-category
- 2-category, (2,1)-category
- 1-category
- 0-category
- (?1)-category?
- (?2)-category?

- n-poset = (n-1,n)-category
- n-groupoid = (n,0)-category

- categorification/decategorification
- geometric definition of higher category
- algebraic definition of higher category
- stable homotopy theory

A *$(-1)$-category* is a truth value. Compare the concept of 0-category (a set) and (−2)-category (which is trivial). The point of $(-1)$-categories (a kind of negative thinking) is that they complete some patterns in the periodic table of $n$-categories. (They also shed light on the theory of homotopy groups and n-stuff.)

For example, there should be a $0$-category of $(-1)$-categories; this is the set of truth values, classically

$(-1)Cat := \{true, false\}
\,.$

Similarly, $(-2)$-categories form a $(-1)$-category (specifically, the true one).

If we equip the category of $(-1)$-categories with the monoidal structure of conjunction (the logical AND operation), then a category enriched over this is a poset; an enriched groupoid is a set. Notice that this doesn't fit the proper patterns of the periodic table; we see that $(-1)$-categories work better as either $0$-posets or as $(-1)$-groupoids. Nevertheless, there is no better alternative for the term ‘$(-1)$-category’.

For an introduction to $(-1)$-categories and $(-2)$-categories see page 11 and page 34 of

- John C. Baez, Michael Shulman,
*Lectures on n-Categories and Cohomology*(arXiv).

$(-1)$-categories and $(-2)$-categories were discovered (or invented) by James Dolan and Toby Bartels. To witness these concepts in the process of being discovered, read the discussion here:

- John Baez, Toby Bartels, David Corfield and James Dolan, Property, structure and stuff. See also stuff, structure, property for more on that material.

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