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- DescriptionThe Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) is kwn mainly for his philosophy of history. Although he taught rhetoric at the University of Naples most of his life, this occupation has hitherto been regarded as insignificant to his philosophy. However, a manual from 1711, used for teaching rhetoric, makes it clear that the tradition of rhetoric was very important to his philosophy, especially the literary rhetoric of the seventeenth century, formulated by Emanuele Tesauro (1592-1675) and Matteo Peregrini (1595-1652). The present book explains how Vico picked up ideas on metaphor and ingenuity from this literary rhetoric, how he turned them into valuable concepts in a general theory of kwledge, and how Vico's original position enabled him to criticize Descartes' idea of rationality. An appendix provides English translations of the relevant passages of Tesauro and Peregrini.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Leo Catana has studied philosophy and aesthetics at the University of Copenhagen and at the University of Bologna. Most recently, he has been studying the history of the Renaissance at the Warburg Institute in London, in particular the philosophical foundation of the visual arts. Vico and Literary Mannerism is a fruit of his research.
- Author(s)Leo Catana
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Series TitleEmory Vico Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number6
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine13 mm
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