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Hardcover | Out of Print | 220 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 180 illus. | May 2002 | ISBN: 9780262194709

The Iconic Logic of Peirce's Graphs


At the dawn of modern logic, Charles S. Peirce invented two types of logical systems, one symbolic and the other graphical. In this book Sun-Joo Shin explores the philosophical roots of the birth of Peirce's Existential Graphs in his theory of representation and logical notation. Shin demonstrates that Peirce is the first philosopher to lay a solid philosophical foundation for multimodal representation systems.

Shin analyzes Peirce's well-known, but much-criticized nonsymbolic representation system. She presents a new approach to his graphical system based on her discovery of its unique nature and on a reconstruction of Peirce's theory of representation. By seeking to understand graphical systems on their own terms, she uncovers the reasons why graphical systems, and Existential Graphs in particular, have been underappreciated among logicians. Drawing on perspectives from the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, logic, and computer science, Shin provides evidence for a genuinely interdisciplinary project on multimodal reasoning.

About the Author

Sun-Joo Shin is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.


“This book reports extremely exciting new results which have major importance for the understanding of graphical logics and important implications outside logic for understanding cognition.”
Keith Stenning, The Human Communication Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
“This book makes a significant contribution to the field. The concept that being formal does not necessarily entail being sentential is a refreshing change for modern logic.”
Gerard Allwein, Department of Computer Science, Indiana University