The Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers)

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A brilliant translation of this classic account of the art of memory and the logic of linkage and combination, the two traditions deriving from the Classical world and the late medieval period, and becoming intertwined in the 16th Century. From this intertwining emerged a new tradition, a grandiose project for an 'alphabet of the world' or 'Clavis Universalis'. Translated with an Introduction by Stephen Clucas.

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Paolo Rossi is Emeritus Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Florence and Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.Stephen Clucas is lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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'A pioneering work' Frances Yates

'The best history of universal languages' Hans Aarsleff

'Bellissimo' Umberto Eco

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