On Humanistic Education Six Inaugural Orations, 1699-1707

ISBN-10: 0801480876
ISBN-13: 9780801480874
Edition: 1993
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Description: Vico'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  More...

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Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 6/24/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Vico'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.

Italian philosopher and scholar Giambattista Vico was born in Naples on June 23, 1668. He attended Jesuit schools and the University of Naples, where he was later the professor of rhetoric. The New Science, his work on the relationship between theoretic ideals and social realities included Establishment of Principles, Poetic Wisdom, Discovery of the True Homer, The Course of Nations, and the Recurrence of Things in the Resurgence of the Nations. Giambattista Vico died in Naples in 1744.

Introduction: On Humanistic Education
Translators' Note
On Self-Knowledge
On Virtue and Wisdom
On True Learning
On Education for the Common Good
On the Liberal Arts and Political Power
On the Proper Order of Studies
App.I. Vico's Goals of the Various Studies Suitable to Human Nature
App.II. History of the Latin Manuscripts
List of Sources Cited
General Index

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