From Mitchell to Carus: Fourteen Years of Logical Graphs in the Making

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (4):539 (2016)
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It is well-known that by 1882, Peirce, influenced by Cayley’s, Clifford’s and Sylvester’s works on algebraic invariants and by the chemical analogy, had already achieved something like a diagrammatic treatment of quantificational logic of relatives. The details of that discovery and its implications to some wider issues in logical theory merit further investigation, however. This paper provides a reconstruction of the genesis of Peirce’s logical graphs from the early 1880s until 1896, covering the period of time during which he already was acquainted with the works of his Johns Hopkins colleagues on the mathematical theory of graphs and was reaching the very first forms of his theory and method of...



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