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Towards A Semantic Web by Liam Magee, Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope

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Framing a new agenda for semantic publishing

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis

In 1686 Gottfried Leibniz finished the most comprehensive of his contributions to the field of logic, Generales Inquisitiones de Analysi Notionum et Veritatum, a work of formal logic focusing on the relationships between ‘things’ and ‘concepts’, truth and knowledge. His method was to develop a system of primitive concepts, to create compilations of tables of definitions, and to analyse complex concepts on the basis of a logical calculus. And his aim was to create an ‘alphabet of human thought’, using letters and numbers to denote concepts and to derive logical conclusions (Antognazza 2009, pp. 240–44). His intellectual ambition?:

[G]o back to the expression of thoughts ...

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