On Humanistic Education (Six Inaugural Orations, 1699-1707): From the Definitive Latin Text, Introduction, and Notes of Gian Galeazzo Visconti / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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"A significant contribution. One of the difficulties with the study of Vico's work is that it has tended to neglect the early phases of his intellectual development. On Humanistic Education will be essential for any student of Vico's thought."—Donald R. Kelley, Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801480874
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Humanistic Education 1
Translators' Note 29
On Self-Knowledge 33
On Virtue and Wisdom 53
On True Learning 72
On Education for the Common Good 91
On the Liberal Arts and Political Power 106
On the Proper Order of Studies 123
App.I. Vico's Goals of the Various Studies Suitable to Human Nature 141
App.II. History of the Latin Manuscripts 143
List of Sources Cited 153
General Index 165
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