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Operatio per characteres

Leibniz’ Projekt einer characteristica universalis

Zurück zum Heft: Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte. Band 65,2
DOI: 10.28937/9783787345557_5
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Throughout his entire life Leibniz pursued the project of a universal language. His vision involved reducing all complex concepts to simple ones, creating a »catalogue of elementary thoughts.« By associating specific signs, whether in the form of alphabetic characters or numbers, with the analyzed concepts, he aimed to facilitate the accurate synthesis of all ideas. Leibniz envisioned that conflicts could be resolved with a mere stroke of the pen, as thinking, in his perspective, was synonymous with calculating. In essence, he urged: »calculemus« – let us calculate!