Publication Identifier 150602 TitleThe importance of developing a foundation for naive category theory Type of publicationarticle Author(s)M.J.T.F. Cabbolet Contributor(s) Keywordsnaive category theory, Russel paradox PublisherWiley-VCH SourceThought 4(4), 237-242 Publication date2015-06-25 LanguageEnglish AbstractRecently Feferman (Rev. Symb. Logic 6:6-15, 2013) has outlined a program for the development of a foundation for naive category theory. While Ernst (ibid. 8:306-327, 2015) has shown that the resulting axiomatic system is still inconsistent, the purpose of this note is to show that nevertheless some foundation has to be developed before naive category theory can replace axiomatic set theory as a foundational theory for mathematics. It is argued that in naive category theory currently a 'cookbook recipe' is used for constructing categories, and it is explicitly shown with a formalized argument that this "foundationless" naive category theory therefore contains a paradox similar to the Russell paradox of naive set theory. CopyrightWiley-VCH