The Augsburg Web Edition of Llull's Electoral Writings: Miscellanea
Ramon Llull (1232-1316)
Catalan mystic and poet whose writings helped to develop the Romance Catalan language and widely influenced Neoplatonic mysticism throughout medieval and 17th-century Europe. He ist best known in the history of ideas as the inventor of an art of finding truth (ars inveniendi veritatem) that was primarily intended to support the Roman Catholic faith in missionary work but was also designed to unify all branches of knowledge. (From Encyclopaedia Britannica Online)
The electoral systems in the three Llull texts of the Augsburg Web Edition
Llull builds his electoral systems on pairwise comparisons of two candidates at a time. In AEP and B24, the candidate who scores the most victories across all voting duels is the winner of the whole electoral tournament. DAE proposes a system of successive elimination: the candidate winning the last round is the winner of the election. All of the pre-1990 electoral literature ignores Llull completely, instead attributing his electoral system to Condorcet (1743-1794). This anachronistic mismatch is corrected by the more recent literature referenced in our papers Llull's writings on electoral systems, Ramon Llulls Traktate zu Wahlverfahren: Ziele und Realisierung einer Internet-Edition, and A rediscovered Llull tract and the Augsburg Web Edition of Llull's electoral writings.
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