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Mathematizing Power, Formalization, and the Diagrammatical Mind or: What Does “Computation” Mean?

Mathematizing Power, Formalization, and the Diagrammatical Mind or: What Does “Computation” Mean? Computation and formalization are not modalities of pure abstractive operations. The essay tries to revise the assumption of the constitutive nonsensuality of the formal. The argument is that formalization is a kind of linear spatialization, which has significant visual dimensions. Thus, a connection can be discovered between visualization by figurative graphism and formalization by symbolic calculations: Both use spatial relations not only to represent but also to operate on epistemic, nonspatial, nonvisual entities. Descartes was one of the pioneers of using this kind of two-dimensional spatiality as a cognitive instrument. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Mathematizing Power, Formalization, and the Diagrammatical Mind or: What Does “Computation” Mean?

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 27 (3) – Dec 12, 2012

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
ISSN
2210-5433
eISSN
2210-5441
DOI
10.1007/s13347-012-0094-3
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Abstract

Computation and formalization are not modalities of pure abstractive operations. The essay tries to revise the assumption of the constitutive nonsensuality of the formal. The argument is that formalization is a kind of linear spatialization, which has significant visual dimensions. Thus, a connection can be discovered between visualization by figurative graphism and formalization by symbolic calculations: Both use spatial relations not only to represent but also to operate on epistemic, nonspatial, nonvisual entities. Descartes was one of the pioneers of using this kind of two-dimensional spatiality as a cognitive instrument.

Journal

Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Dec 12, 2012

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