On the Study Methods of Our Time

ISBN-10: 0801497787
ISBN-13: 9780801497780
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Description: Giambattista Vico's first original work of philosophy, On the Study Methods of Our Time (1708–9) takes up the contemporary "quarrel between the ancients and the moderns" and provides a highly interesting statement of the nature of humanistic  More...

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List price: $17.95
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/4/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Giambattista Vico's first original work of philosophy, On the Study Methods of Our Time (1708–9) takes up the contemporary "quarrel between the ancients and the moderns" and provides a highly interesting statement of the nature of humanistic education. This edition makes available again Elio Gianturco's superb 1965 English translation of a work generally regarded as the earliest statement by Vico of the fundamentals of his position. An important contribution to the development of the scientism-versus-humanism debate over the comparative merits of classical and modern culture, this book lays out Vico's powerful arguments against the compartmentalization of knowledge which results from the Cartesian world view. In opposition to the arid logic of Cartesianism, Vico here celebrates the humanistic tradition and posits the need for a comprehensive science of humanity which recognizes the value of memory and imagination. On the Study Methods of Our Time remains a key text for anyone interested in the development's of Vico's thought and serves as a concise introduction to his work. Scholars and students in such disciplines as the history of philosophy, intellectual history, literary theory, rhetoric, and the history and philosophy of education will find this volume helpful and fascinating.

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.

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