A fresh perspective on canonical extensions for bounded lattices

A. P.K. Craig, M. Haviar, H. A. Priestley

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This paper presents a novel treatment of the canonical extension of a bounded lattice, in the spirit of the theory of natural dualities. At the level of objects, this can be achieved by exploiting the topological representation due to M. Ploščica, and the canonical extension can be obtained in the same manner as can be done in the distributive case by exploiting Priestley duality. To encompass both objects and morphisms the Ploščica representation is replaced by a duality due to Allwein and Hartonas, recast in the style of Ploščica's paper. This leads to a construction of canonical extension valid for all bounded lattices, which is shown to be functorial, with the property that the canonical extension functor decomposes as the composite of two functors, each of which acts on morphisms by composition, in the manner of hom-functors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-749
Number of pages25
JournalApplied Categorical Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Canonical extension
  • Natural duality
  • Topological representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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