Re: Richard Coyne • Inside Out Logic
Venn diagrams make for very iconic representations of their universes of discourse. That is one of the main sources of their intuitive utility and also the main source of their logical limitations — they begin to exceed our human capacity for visualization once we climb to four or five circles (Boolean variables) or so.
Peirce’s logical graphs at the Alpha level, as interpreted for propositional calculus, are iconic in certain respects but far less so than Venn diagrams. They are more properly understood as symbolic representations, in a way that exceeds the logical capacities of icons. That is the source of their considerably greater power as a symbolic calculus.
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