Iconic thought and diagrammatical scripture: Peirce and the Leibnizian tradition

Iconic thought and diagrammatical scripture: Peirce and the Leibnizian tradition I will sustain in this article that Peirce can be seen as the last great representative of that inconspicuous but persistent tradition that, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, spent its energies on discovering a universal language. His project of Existential Graphs is in fact grounded on the isomorphism among a Sheet of Assertion, in which Graphs-signs are drawn, a Mind, with its thoughts-signs, and the Universe, with its facts-signs. In the same sense, Leibniz worked on his Characteristica Universalis, seen as a general Encyclopedia or alphabet of human thoughts, and a pictum mundi amphitheatrum. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
Copyright
©© 2011 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
0037-1998
eISSN
1613-3692
DOI
10.1515/semi.2011.048
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Abstract

I will sustain in this article that Peirce can be seen as the last great representative of that inconspicuous but persistent tradition that, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, spent its energies on discovering a universal language. His project of Existential Graphs is in fact grounded on the isomorphism among a Sheet of Assertion, in which Graphs-signs are drawn, a Mind, with its thoughts-signs, and the Universe, with its facts-signs. In the same sense, Leibniz worked on his Characteristica Universalis, seen as a general Encyclopedia or alphabet of human thoughts, and a pictum mundi amphitheatrum.

Journal

Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotiquede Gruyter

Published: Aug 1, 2011

Keywords: Peirce ; Leibniz ; existential graphs ; Characteristica Universalis ; universal language ; icon

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