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(ˈvɪkəʊ; Italian ˈviːko)
(Biography) Giovanni Battista (dʒoˈvanni batˈtista). 1668–1744, Italian philosopher. In Scienza Nuova (1721) he postulated that civilizations rise and fall in evolutionary cycles, making use of myths, poetry, and linguistics as historical evidence


(ˈvɪk oʊ, ˈvi koʊ)

Giovanni Battista, 1668–1744, Italian philosopher and jurist.
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In the Scienza nuova prima, Vico discusses the "parlare contorto" (tortuous speech) in the section entitled "On the third part of poetic locution which consists of conventional idioms.
An obscure, poorly paid professor of rhetoric at the University of Naples for most of his academic career, Vico left behind a sprawling, puzzling body of work, at once anachronistic and prescient, historical and mythic, secular and religious, Christian and classical--and bristling with penetrating insights scattered amid long-winded analyses of dubious scholarly merit.
Does Vico in fact hold this view about the relation between subjectivity, thought, and language?
From there, Verene identifies "Joyce's poetic problem" as finding "a way to move words against themselves so that they will actually reveal what Vico calls the common mental dictionary (idizionario mentale commune), that is, the very sense-making power of the imagination that lies behind every language and which every language is trying to express in its own grammar and vocabulary.
Chapter 1, "Vico, Spinoza, and the Imperial Past," introduces Vico to the reader as a purveyor of almost occult knowledge.
In the foreward to Paul Brienza's path breaking book on Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), Guiseppe Mazzotta of Yale University observes that this study: "contributes a highly original and essential element to the two parallel debates on Vico and social theory: he revives the somewhat forgotten problematic of the conatus [endeavor] and reinterprets it as the key to the individual's desire for self-preservation and, therefore, to any possible constitution of an ethical/political community.
Reyes said even at young age, she had seen in Vico, her youngest child, the interest and potential to be a leader.
It was only later on that Vico dropped these discussions, in favor of ambiguity.
In this engagingly written book, Malcolm Bull invites us to consider a paradox: that for the Neapolitan rhetorician, historian and philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), the falsity of painting equated to--or could lead to--a kind of truth.
This volume collects two essays written by philosopher and political theorist Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) on three figures of the Counter-Enlightenment (although that characterization has more recently been disputed): Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) and Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) in the first essay and Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788) in the second.
Vico enthusiasts like Isaiah Berlin, Benedetto Croce, Giorgio Tagliacozzo, Donald Verene, Hayden White, and others have seen in him a highly original, untimely thinker who anticipated major currents of 19th century thought.
Vico had also claimed he did not see the truck that whose three occupants claimed that no shootout had happened.