Dimensions of Peircean diagrammaticality

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Abstract

Taking its point of departure in the origin of the notions of "diagram" and "iconicity" in Peirce's philosophy of logic, this paper reviews and discusses a series of dimensions along which such diagrams may be compared, measured and subdivided: diagrams versus images and metaphors, operational versus optimal iconicity in diagrams, diagram tokens versus diagram types, diagrams as general signs; corollarial versus theorematic diagram reasoning; pure versus applied diagrams; logic diagrams versus diagrams facilitating logical inferences; continuous versus discontinuous diagrams; diagrams in non-deductive reasoning. Most of these developments occur in the mature Peirce after the turn of the century and thus form an important part of his mature semiotics - yet, they do not relate in any simple or straight-forward manner to his attempts at enlarging his combinatorial semiotics from its bases in the three-trichotomy theory of the 1903 Syllabus over the six-trichotomy theory of 1904-1906 to the sketchlike ten-trichotomy version of 1908, where diagrams rarely figure in the names of sign-types discussed - why.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSemiotica
Volume2019
Issue number228
Pages (from-to)301-331
Number of pages31
ISSN0037-1998
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Diagrams
  • Peirce
  • Semiotics
  • Extended Theory of Signs
  • diagrams
  • semiotics

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