ratiocinator


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Synonyms for ratiocinator

someone who reasons logically

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This remains the case even if one adds the symbols at work in mathematics, where Descartes's translation of geometrically pictorial propositions into algebraically articulated format stood before Leibniz's mind, to say nothing of his own project of a universal language and a calculus ratiocinator.
It plays a large part in two of his most original ideas, that of the Characteristica Universalis, or universal scientific language, and that of the Calculus Ratiocinator, or calculus of logic.
Calculus Ratiocinator, is esoteric--a working knowledge of Latin alone would not suffice to make clear the opposition intended by it, since lingua universalis and calculus ratiocinator are technical terms invented by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz during the seventeenth century and revived by Gottlob Frege in the nineteenth.
The first of these Hintikka characterizes as the view of language as lingua universalis, a single universal medium of communication; the second view, of language as calculus ratiocinator, is not meant to indicate that language is a "mere play with symbols" but rather that language "can be reinterpreted like a calculus" (p.
Kant is convinced that arithmetic disposes over a lingua characteristica which, in conformity with Leibniz's ideal, is accompanied directly by a calculus ratiocinator whereby errors of reasoning can be avoided.
David Brooks at the time was withering in his contempt for those who lacked his interventionist conviction, writing in The Weekly Standard in March 2003 that "any poor rube can come to a simple conclusion--that President Saddam Hussein is a menace who must be disarmed--but the refined ratiocinators want to be seen luxuriating amid the difficulties, donning the jewels of nuance, even to the point of self-paralysis.