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## Idea

A 0-groupoid or 0-type is a set. This terminology may seem strange at first, but it is very helpful to see sets as the beginning of a sequence of concepts: sets, groupoids, 2-groupoids, 3-groupoids, etc. Doing so reveals patterns such as the periodic table. (It also sheds light on the theory of homotopy groups and n-stuff.)

For example, there should be a $1$-groupoid of $0$-groupoids; this is the underlying groupoid of the category of sets. Then a groupoid enriched over this is a $1$-groupoid (more precisely, a locally small groupoid). Furthermore, an enriched category is a category (or $1$-category), so a $0$-groupoid is the same as a 0-category.

One can continue to define a (−1)-groupoid? to be a truth value and a (−2)-groupoid? to be a triviality (that is, there is exactly one).

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+2$$n$-truncatedhomotopy n-typen-groupoid(n+1,1)-sheaf/​n-stackh-$n$-groupoid
h-level $\infty$untruncatedhomotopy type∞-groupoid(∞,1)-sheaf/​∞-stackh-$\infty$-groupoid

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