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Gorai Kinzō's study of Leibniz and the I ching hexagrams

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When Bouvet discovered the relationship between the binary arithmetic of Leibniz and the hexagrams of the I ching —in reality only a purely formal correspondence—he sent to Leibniz a woodcut diagram of the Fu-Hsi arrangement, which provides the key to the analogy. This diagram, in a re-drawn version, was first published by Gorai Kinzō in a study of Leibniz's interpretation of the I ching and Confucianism which has been influential in providing, indirectly, the principal source for the accounts of Wilhelm and Needham. Yet this pioneering study of Leibniz's interpretation of the hexagrams is virtually unknown. Even the account of Needham, who saved it from complete obscurity, contains one or two inaccuracies about it and these are repeated by Zacher in his otherwise excellent monograph on Leibniz's binary arithmetic.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Manchester Polytechnic, Didsbury School of Education, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 8RR, England 2: Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Publication date: January 1, 1981

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