Llull and Leibniz: The Logic of Discovery

Catalan Review 4:75-83 (1990)
Llull and Leibniz both subscribed to conceptual atomism: the belief that the majority of concepts are compounds constructed from a relatively small number of primitive concepts. Llull worked out techniques for finding the logically possible combinations of his primitives, but Leibniz criticized Llull’s execution of these techniques. This article argues that Leibniz was right about things being more complicated than Llull thought but that he was wrong about the details. The paper attempts to correct these details.
Keywords Llull  Ars magna  conceptual atomism  logic of discovery  Leibniz
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