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Ars Combinatoria as a Poetics On the Presence of Combinatorial Structures in the Late-Baroque Artificial Poetry. Maciej Pieczyński
Ars Combinatoria as a Poetics On the Presence of Combinatorial Structures in the Late-Baroque Artificial Poetry Maciej Pieczyński The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Science Ars combinatoria is a frequently mentioned category in the studies on the baroque or mannerism. As a general discipline, it more or less corre- sponds to what is now commonly referred to as combinatorics. As de- fined by Athanasius Kircher: Est itaque ars combinatoria facultas arithmologica, qua quoties et quot modis compluribus principiis et terminis assumptis illi inter se permutari et diversimode per compositionem et resolu- tionem comparari docetur, quae et pro varia rerum comparan- dum ratione varia est.1 Among these specific areas the author mentions are ars combinatoria ana- grammatica, which deals with combining words and letters, as well as el- ementaris, which circa elementarium qualitatum permutationes possibiles ver- satur2 and which could be located in the area of former physics or alche- my. No abstraction from the content of sets, which were to be subjected to combinatorial transformations, decided about specific status of pristine combinatorics: it was not only a formal discipline, like mathematics or logic, which provides tools to describe reality for today’s scientists, but also practical, located at least partially in the paradigm of manufacturing arts. 1 Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu Ars Magna Sciendi: in XII. libros digesta qua nova et uni- versali methodo per artificiosum combinationum contextum de omni re proposita plu- rimis et prope infinitis rationibus disputari, omniumque summaria quaedam cognitio comparari potest...
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