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date: 10 August 2020

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This article examines the role of picturability in mathematical demonstration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and draws attention to the general question of the role that picturability places in cognitive grasp. It suggests that mathematical demonstration is particularly applicable in cognitive grasp it allows the problematic to be identified with some precision. It also discusses infinitesimal analysis and the question of direct proof and evaluates the role of picturability in the analysis of human cognitive capacities.

Keywords: picturability, mathematical demonstration, cognitive grasp, infinitesimal analysis, direct proof, cognitive capacities

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