Peirce’s diagrammatic logic in IF perspective

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This paper presents a topological and game-theoretic extension of the system of Existential Graphs (eg). Egs were Charles S. Peirce’s diagrammatic and iconic approach to logic. By scribing the graphs on assertion spaces of higher dimensions, this extension provides the precise iconic counterpart to the Independence-Friendly (if) restatement of first-order logic suggested by Hintikka. Consequently, the if extension completes the project that Peirce initiated: it breaks off from the linear confines of language by diagrams that extend to three dimensions, which Peirce predicted to be necessary and sufficient for the expression of all assertions. Apart from improved ways of performing conceptual modelling on natural-language expressions, this extension reveals the true proportions of Peirce’s sign- and model-theoretic thinking in plunging into the notions of identity, negation, continuity and quantification

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiagrammatic Representation and Inference - 3rd International Conference, Diagrams 2004, Proceedings
EditorsAlan Blackwell, Kim Marriott, Atsushi Shimojima
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)354021268X, 9783540212683
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004
Event3rd International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2004 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Mar 22 2004Mar 24 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2004
CountryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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