Leibniz's universal characteristic
« Thread started on: Jan 8^{th}, 2012, 03:08am »

I'm interested in Leibniz's universal characteristic and would like to learn as much as possible about it. So far I have not found any books devoted to the subject. Do you know of any, or (if no such books have already been written) would any of you be interested in piecing together the foundations of the language out of what has been published?

I'm interested in Leibniz's universal characteristic and would like to learn as much as possible about it. So far I have not found any books devoted to the subject. Do you know of any, or (if no such books have already been written) would any of you be interested in piecing together the foundations of the language out of what has been published?

Perhaps you could try Louis Couturat's 1901 classic La logique de Leibniz. There is also a special book on the topic by Olga Pombo (http://www.educ.fc.ul.pt/docentes/opombo/leibniz/leibnizcont.htm - I am not sure if it is available at the moment). And for the general context there is a nice book by the students of Umberto Eco (published under his name): The Search for the perfect language. Hope this helps.

Re: Leibniz's universal characteristic
« Reply #2 on: Feb 6^{th}, 2012, 04:46am »

It's good to know but La logique de Leibniz is in French (which I don't read). Leibniz and the Problem of a Universal Language sounded promising but no one on the Internet seems to have it in stock.

Re: Leibniz's universal characteristic
« Reply #3 on: Feb 6^{th}, 2012, 4:12pm »

Yes, I know Pombo's book may not be available anymore. I guess the only way to get it is by inter-library loan...sorry! But I guess there is a number of articles available on the universal characteristics. You may also want to check Marcelo Dascal's book Leibniz: Language, signs and thought (1978) - by library, I guess. The topic has not been too fashionable lately.