On Humanistic Education
(Six Inaugural Orations, 1699-1707)
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On Humanistic Education by Giambattista Vico
Book DescriptionVico's earliest extant scholarly works, the six orations on humanistic education, offer the first statement of ideas that Vico would continue to refine throughout his life. Delivered between 1699 and 1707 to usher in the new academic year at the University of Naples, the orations are brought together here for the first time in English in an authoritative translation based on Gian Galeazzo Visconti's 1982 Latin/Italian edition. In the lectures, Vico draws liberally on the classical philosophical and legal traditions as he explores the relationship between the Greek dictum "Know thyself" and liberal education. As he sets forth the values and goals of a humanist curriculum, Vico reveals the beginnings of the anti-Cartesian position he will pursue in On the Study Methods of Our Time (1709). Also found in the orations are glimpses of Vico's later views on the theory of interpretation and on the nature of language, imagination, and human creativity, along with many themes that were to be fully developed in his magnum opus, the New Science (1744). On Humanistic Education joins a number of translations of Vico's works available in paperback from Cornell-On the Study Methods of Our Time, On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians, the New Science, and The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico. It will be welcomed by Vichians and their students, intellectual historians, and others in the fields of philosophy, literary theory, history and methods of education, classics, and rhetoric.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801480874
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians, Hardback (January 2011)
A critical edition of Vico's original Latin text and a faithful translation of this early work on metaphysics. It also includes an introduction that offers guidance in understanding this challenging text and assessing its significance.
Giambattista Vico: Keys to the 'New Science', Paperback (October 2008)
Brings together in one volume translations, commentaries, and essays that illuminate the background of Giambattista Vico's major work.
Vico: The First New Science, Hardback (July 2002)
Annotated student edition of Vico's First New Science, an important and previously untranslated text.
New Science, Paperback (April 1999)» View all books by Giambattista Vico
Giambattista Vico's "New Science" is gradually being re-established as one of the most significant "humanist" achievements since the Renaissance. This book represents his attempt to provide a comprehensive science of human society by decoding the history, mythology and law of the ancient world.
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Author Biography - Giambattista Vico
Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) was a leading Italian intellectual of the Enlightenment. Donald Phillip Verene is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Vico Studies at Emory University and a fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He is the author of books including Vico's "New Science": A Philosophical Commentary; Vico's Science of Imagination; and The Art of Humane Education; and he is the coeditor of Giambattista Vico: Keys to the "New Science", all from Cornell.
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