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The Ternary Phase

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In presenting the Art of the ternary period, this chapter concentrates on a single work, or rather one work and its companion. The companion work to the Ars generalis ultima (AGU) is the Ars brevis (AB), which is a résumé, a kind of skeleton or outline of the larger work, with none of its explanatory material. The main work was the culmination not only of the ternary phase, but of all of Ramon Llull's system, which is why he called it the AGU. For a clearer understanding of the ternary Art, the chapter analyzes the two works of Llull thematically. This involves separating their material into three themes: (1) foundations the groups of concepts on which the Art is based; (2) combinatorics the different ways in which they can be combined; and (3) use and practice how Llull uses the previous two categories to set up his demonstrative and inventive discourse.

Keywords: Ars brevis (AB); Ars generalis ultima (AGU); Ramon Llull; ternary Art



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