Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers S. New ed of 2 Revised ed)

Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers S. New ed of 2 Revised ed)

By: Paolo Rossi (author), Stephen Clucas (translator)Paperback

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A brilliant translation of this classic account of the art of memory and the logic of linkage and combination, the two traditions deriving from the Classical world and the late medieval period, and becoming intertwined in the 16th Century. From this intertwining emerged a new tradition, a grandiose project for an 'alphabet of the world' or 'Clavis Universalis'. Translated with an Introduction by Stephen Clucas.

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Paolo Rossi is Emeritus Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Florence, and Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Stephen Clucas is lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.


Translator's Introduction; Preface; Preface to the second edition; I The Power of Images and the Places of Memory; II Encyclopaedism and Combinatoria in the Sixteenth Century; III Theatres of the World; IV The Imaginative Logic of Giordano Bruno; V Artificial Memory and the New Scientific Method: Ramus, Bacon, Descartes; VI Encyclopaedism and pansophia; VII The Construction of a Universal Language; VIII The Sources of Leibniz's Universal Character; Appendices; I The Liber ad memoriam confirmandam of Ramon Lull; II An anonymous vernacular treatise of the fourteenth century; III Two fifteenth-century manuscripts on the ars memorativa; IV Documents on the activities of Pietro da Ravenna; V Three late sixteenth-century manuscripts on the ars memorativa; VI Petrarch as teacher of the art of memory; VII An unpublished text by Giulio Camillo. VIII memory exercises in seventeenth-century Germany; IX The article on 'L'art mnemonique' from Diderot's encyclopaedia; X D'Alembert and 'real characters'; Notes; Index.

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  • publication date: 03/01/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780826488619
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 362
  • ID: 9780826488619
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 0826488617
  • translations: Italian
  • edition: New ed of 2 Revised ed

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