Secrets of the Art Revealed


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Six: This Art is most orderly

The Teacher: As perfection and order are necessarily interdependent, perfection is shown in order and order in perfection, since whatever is perfect is orderly, and vice-versa; therefore, if my Art is most perfect, it is also most orderly.

The Pupil: Father, I know and believe that what you say is true, but since not everyone knows and believes these things about your Art, I want you to prove them with necessary reasons.

The Teacher: My Son, this chapter would grow too large if I had to demonstrate each and every point, so let anyone who does not believe in my books examine them as they bear witness to me and my Art, let them read through the following chapters where they will find what they need to dispel any doubts: but to keep you from faltering on the way, I do not want to send you off without some sustenance; so note the following contrast of opposites: twenty or so letters of the alphabet are the first principles of all the syllables, words and other constructions derived from them, yet they are not natural principles, nor do they have a strictly determined number, nor any natural order among themselves, nor any necessary mutual connection, nor can each letter be combined with every other letter, and if you touch upon one letter, it does not involve all the others, they are not arranged in circular fashion, or subordinate to one another; and the same can be said about the syllables, words and constructions that go into forming speech or discourse: I can point out several other flaws in this artificial linguistic System, and you should look into this in the third chapter of this book, regarding Natural and Artificial Grammar.

You can say all the opposite of this about my Art, to clearly show that it is most orderly, for all the Principles of my Art are not only primordial, supreme, true and necessary, but also real and natural, (see Ars Inventiva, third Distinction, Rule 2) and they have a strictly determined number, so that not one can be added or taken away, (see the part on Music in Chapter 3 below, as well as in Ars Universalis, Demonstrativa, Inventiva, Amativa etc.) they have natural order, they are necessarily interconnected, as I will demonstrate below in the said third Chapter, and each combines with all the others, as can be viewed in the first Tome, namely in the Universal Art, and in the Books of the Principles of Theology, Philosophy, Law and Medicine as well as in Ars Inventiva, Ars Demonstrative, the General Table and Ars Amativa with their accompanying Books, and in many other books of mine, and touching upon one principle involves all the others, they are disposed in a circular way,  and mutually subordinate, as determined in the said books, and demonstrated through examples in each Chapter below. The things I said about the Principles likewise apply to the Conditions and Demonstrations, which are rational syllables and words made of rational letters.