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Giambattista Vico on Reason - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 26
Reason/Knowledge/Vico/Gadamer: One finds in Vico(1) that he criticizes the Stoics because they believe in reason as regula veri, and conversely he praises the old academics who only assert the knowledge of not-knowing, and even more so the new academics because they are great in the art of argumentation (which belongs to the art of rhetoric). >Sensus communis/Vico, >Humanism/Vico.

Gadamer I 26
Reason/Knowledge/Vico/Gadamer: According to Vico, what gives direction to the human will is not the abstract generality of reason, but the concrete generality that represents the commonality of a group, a people, a nation or the entire human race. The formation of this common sense is therefore of crucial importance for life.
It is on this common sense of truth and rights, which is not knowledge for reasons, but which allows us to find the obvious (verisimile), that Vico bases the importance and the independent right of eloquence. >Knowledge/Vico.


1 .J. B. Vico, De nostri temporis studiorum ratione, mit Übertragung v. W. F. Otto. 1947.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Vico I
Giambattista Vico
Prinzipien einer neuen Wissenschaft über die gemeinsame Natur der Völker Hamburg 2009

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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