The Philosophical Status of Diagrams - Lecture Notes (Paperback)
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The Philosophical Status of Diagrams - Lecture Notes (Paperback)

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The use of diagrams in logic and geometry has encountered resistence throughout the years. For a proof to be valid in geometry it must not rely on the graphical properties of a diagram. In logic the teaching of proofs depends on the sentenial representations, ideas formed as natural language sentences such as "if A is true and B is true...". No serious formal proof system is based on diagrams. This text explores the reasons why structured graphics have been ignored in modern formal theories of axiomatic systems. The effects of historical forces on the evolution of diagrammatically-based systems of inference in logic and geometry are explored, from antiquity to the early 20th-century work of David Hilbert. From this exploration emerges an understanding that the present negative attitudes towards the use of diagrams in logic and geometry owe more to implicit appeals to their history and philosophical background than to any technical incompatibility with modern theories of logical systems.

Publisher: Centre for the Study of Language & Information
ISBN: 9781575862941
Number of pages: 221
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 mm

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