Two Dogmas of Diagrammatic Reasoning: A View from Existential Graphs

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen, Francesco Bellucci

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Abstract

Two dominant ideas have prevailed in the recent research on diagrammatic reasoning and representation. That diagrams, especially logical diagrams, are visual in senses in which symbolic notations are not, and that logical diagrams are iconic in senses in which symbolic notations are not. We submit both of these claims under critical scrutiny. We use Peirce's theory of Existential Graphs, the mainstay of diagrammatic reasoning in both its historical and systematical senses, as the testing ground. We show that neither of these claims is well founded.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeirce on Perception and Reasoning: From Icons to Logic
PublisherRoutledge
Pages174--195
ISBN (Print)978-1138215016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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