On the monadicity of enriched categories with chosen colimits

Steve Lack – 27 January 1999

This talk was based on the paper of the same name, written with Max Kelly. Abstract: There is a 2-category J-colim of small categories equipped with a choice of colimit for each diagram whose domain J lies in a given small class J of small categories, functors strictly preserving such colimits, and natural transformations. The evident forgetful 2-functor from J-colim to the 2-category Cat of small categories is known to be monadic. We extend this result by considering not just conical colimits, but general weighted colimits; not just ordinary categories but enriched ones; and not just small classes of colimits but large ones; in this last case we are forced to move from the 2-category V-Cat of small V-categories to V-categories living within some larger universe. In each case, the functors preserving the colimits in the usual ``up-to-isomorphism'' sense are recovered as the pseudomorphisms between algebras for the 2-monad in question.