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There is in fact an Applicative instance for Reader, which you can use like this (you should of course replace String with whatever type you want your environment to be):

3.point[({type L[X] = Reader[String, X]})#L]

If you'd prefer to avoid the ugly type lambda and don't mind defining an extra type alias, you can write the following instead:

type MyReader[X] = Reader[String, X]


Scalaz 7 also provides a nice bit of shorthand that makes this even cleaner:


These are all more or less equivalent to each other (and to your solution), though.

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