Pasilogia: an essay towards the formation of a system of universal language


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44 ページ - To such of my readers as may be slow in admitting the possibility of this progressive improvement in the human race, allow me to state, as an example, the history of that science in which the advances of discovery are the most certain, and ili which they may be measured with the greatest precision.
22 ページ - Language, without reference to the nature of things, and that common Notion of them, wherein Mankind does agree...
21 ページ - ... wandring." Sprat discusses other national interests which the Royal Society will serve as well. He is more thorough than Wilkins, who generalizes the utility of his universal language project as "that most obvious advantage which would ensue, of facilitating mutual Commerce, amongst the several Nations of the world, and the improving of all Natural knowledge; It would likewise very much conduce to the spreading of the knowledge of...
71 ページ - If these marks or notes (he writes) could be so contrived as to have such a dependence upon, and relation to, one another, as might be suitable to the nature of the things and notions which they represented ; and so, likewise, if the names of things could be so ordered as to contain such a kind of affinity or opposition in their letters and sounds, as might be some way answerable to the nature of the things which they signified...
114 ページ - It ought only to have interdicted them to culprits. A family is society in miniature, but it is that society in / which the laws are natural, because they are sentiments. To interdict a man from the possession of family comforts should have been the greatest reprobation, the last punishment of the law. It should have been the only pain of death inflicted by a humane and Christian legislation.
70 ページ - As men do generally agree in the same principle of reason, so do they likewise agree in the same internal notion or apprehension of things. The external expression of these mental notions, whereby men communicate their thoughts to one another, is either to the ear, or to the eye.
70 ページ - Now this can onely be done, either by enjoyning some one Language and Character to be universally learnt and practised, (which is not to be expected, till some person attain to the Universal Monarchy; and perhaps would not be done then:) or else by proposing some such way as, by its facility and usefulness, (without the imposition of Authority) might invite and ingage men to the learning of it; which is the thing here attempted.
45 ページ - Hipparchus knew ; and, at present, two years employed under an able teacher, carry the student beyond those conclusions which limited the inquiries of Leibnitz and of Newton. Let any person reflect on these facts, let him follow the immense chain which connects the inquiries of Euler with those of a priest of Memphis ; let him observe at each epoch, how genius outstrips the present age, and how it is overtaken by mediocrity in the next ; he will perceive, that nature has furnished us with the means...
23 ページ - Baconian lines would be so large " that the tradition of learning or facilation of it would be but little advanced by this means. But it did presently occur to me, that by the help of logic and mathematics this might soon receive a mighty advantage, for all discourses being resolved in sentences, those into words, words signifying either simple notions or being resolvable into simple notions, it is manifest that if all the sorts of simple notions be found out...
70 ページ - That conceit which men have in their minds concerning a Horse or Tree, is the Notion or mental Image of that Beast, or natural thing, of such a nature, shape and use. The Names given to these in several Languages, are such arbitrary sounds or words, as Nations of men have agreed upon, either casually or designedly, to express their Mental notions of them. The Written word is the figure or picture of that Sound.