Poeta Calculans: Harsdorffer, Leibniz, and the mathesis universalis

Journal of the History of Ideas 60 (3):449-467 (1999)
This paper seeks to indicate some connections between a major philosophi- cal project of the seventeenth century, the conception of a mathesis universalis, and the practice of baroque poetry. I shall argue that these connections consist in a peculiar view of language and systems of notation which was particularly common in European baroque culture and which provided the necessary conceptual background for both poetry and the mathesis universalis.
Keywords Mathesis universalis  Baroque poetry  Leibniz
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