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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Concept Script

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:28 PM

"Historically, the idea of a concept script
derives from the Leibnizian project of developing
a so-called 'universal characteristic' 
(characteristica universalis )…."

— Dorothea Lotter, "Gottlob Frege: Language,"
     in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Frege as quoted by Lotter —

"Arithmetical, geometrical and chemical symbols
can be regarded as realizations of the Leibnizian
conception in particular fields. The concept script
offered here adds a new one to these – indeed,
the one located in the middle, adjoining all the others."

Wittgenstein —

"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment
of our intelligence by means of our language."

"Die Philosophie ist ein Kampf gegen die Verhexung
unsres Verstandes durch die Mittel unserer Sprache."

— Philosophical Investigations  (1953), Section 109

Frege, Preface to the Begriffsschrift —

"If it is one of the tasks of philosophy
to break the domination of words over the human spirit
by laying bare the misconceptions
that through the use of language
often almost unavoidably arise
concerning the relations between concepts
and by freeing thought from that with which only
the means of expression of ordinary language,
constituted as they are, saddle it,
then my ideography, further developed for these purposes,
can become a useful tool for the philosopher."

"Wenn es eine Aufgabe der Philosophie ist,
die Herrschaft des Wortes über den menschlichen Geist
zu brechen, indem sie die Täuschungen aufdeckt,
die durch den Sprachgebrauch über die Beziehungen der Begriffe
oft fast unvermeidlich entstehen,
indem sie den Gedanken von demjenigen befreit, womit ihn allein
die Beschaffenheit des sprachlichen Ausdrucksmittels behaftet,
so wird meine Begriffsschrift, für diese Zwecke weiter ausgebildet,
den Philosophen ein brauchbares Werkzeug werden können."

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