Picard-Vessiot rings are present in many settings like differential Galois theory, difference Galois theory and Galois theory of Artinian simple module algebras. In this article we set up an abstract framework in which we can prove theorems on existence and uniqueness of Picard-Vessiot rings, as well as on Galois groups corresponding to the Picard-Vessiot rings. As the present approach restricts to the categorical properties which all the categories of differential modules resp.~difference modules etc.~share, it gives unified proofs for all these Galois theories (and maybe more general ones).
Keywords: Tannakian categories, Picard-Vessiot theory, Galois theory
2010 MSC: 13B05, 18D10, 12H20
Theory and Applications of Categories, Vol. 32, 2017, No. 14, pp 488-525.