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November 11, 2016

“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination


Llull sought to create a universal tool for helping to convert people to the Christian faith through logical argumentation. He proposed eighteen fundamental general principles (“Goodness, Greatness, Eternity, Power, Wisdom, Will, Virtue, Truth, Glory, Difference, Concordance, Contrariety, Beginning, Middle, End, Majority, Equality and Minority”), accompanied by a set of definitions, rules, and figures in order to guide the process of argumentation, which is organised around different permutations of the principles. The art was to be used to generate and address questions such as “Is eternal goodness concordant?”, “What does the difference of eternal concordance consist of?”, or “Can goodness be great without concordance?”. | The Public Domain Review

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 11, 2016 10:01 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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