Hilbert's ε-operators

Content created by Fredrik Bakke, Jonathan Prieto-Cubides, Egbert Rijke and Elisabeth Stenholm.

Created on 2022-03-30.
Last modified on 2023-06-10.

module foundation.hilberts-epsilon-operators where
open import foundation.functoriality-propositional-truncation
open import foundation.propositional-truncations
open import foundation.universe-levels

open import foundation-core.equivalences
open import foundation-core.function-types


Hilbert's -operator at a type A is a map type-trunc-Prop A → A. Contrary to Hilbert, we will not assume that such an operator exists for each type A.


ε-operator-Hilbert : {l : Level}  UU l  UU l
ε-operator-Hilbert A = type-trunc-Prop A  A


The existence of Hilbert's ε-operators is invariant under equivalences

ε-operator-equiv :
  {l1 l2 : Level} {X : UU l1} {Y : UU l2} (e : X  Y) 
  ε-operator-Hilbert X  ε-operator-Hilbert Y
ε-operator-equiv e f =
  (map-equiv e  f)  (map-trunc-Prop (map-inv-equiv e))

ε-operator-equiv' :
  {l1 l2 : Level} {X : UU l1} {Y : UU l2} (e : X  Y) 
  ε-operator-Hilbert Y  ε-operator-Hilbert X
ε-operator-equiv' e f =
  (map-inv-equiv e  f)  (map-trunc-Prop (map-equiv e))

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