Ars Brevis

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Part 5

The Table

This table is a subject in which the intellect achieves universality, because it understands in it and draws from it many particulars belonging to all kinds of subject matter, as it combines the sequence of principles with particulars objectively and with the rules objectively, and clarifies each question by applying twenty reasons to it; and it draws one reason from each camera of a column.

The table has seven columns as shown. These seven implicitly contain the 84 columns explicitly shown in Ars Magna. In this table the letter "T" signifies that the letters before "T" come from the first figure and those after "T" come from the second figure.

The intellect operates with this table by ascending and descending through it. In ascending, it ascends to antecedent and more general things. In descending, it descends to consequent and more particular things. Further, it makes connections, as it links columns to each other: for instance, column BCD is linked to column CDE, and so with the others.