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Giambattista Vico and the New Psychological Science

ISBN 9781412864244
Published December 30, 2016 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

Giambattista Vico (1668–1744) was an Italian philosopher, rhetorician, and historian. As one of the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, he exerted tremendous influence on the social sciences. He was the first to stress cultural and linguistic dimensions in the development of both the human mind and social institutions. Although his ideas on the relationship between mind and culture and his epistemology have inspired the work of many scholars in psychology, his sizeable influence has been scarcely acknowledged. The volume is organized in two sections. The first locates Vico in his historical context and in the landscape of contemporary human and social sciences. The second part presents those of Vico's concepts that seem promising for the development of a new way of looking at psychological phenomena. In the book's conclusion, Luca Tateo gathers the ideas of the volume's contributors to suggest future development of the psychological sciences. This book aims to show how Vico's insights can inspire future research in the psychological sciences. It collects multidisciplinary contributions of leading international scholars that draw upon the thought of this original thinker. Collectively, the contributors remind us of the legacy and continuing influence of this inspiring historical figure.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword: Imagining a New Science of Psychology
Jaan Valsiner

Preface: Why Social Sciences Need Vico
Luca Tateo

Introduction: What For?
Waldomiro Silva Filho

Part I. Vico in Context

1 Giambattista Vico: His Life, Times, Ideas,and His Relevance Today
Marcel Danesi
2 The Genesis of Vico's Ideas: An Explorative Study on Psychology as a Premise for the Verum Factum Principle
Sven Hroar Klempe
3 Vico—From Idealism to Cultural Psychology: Revising the Past for the Future
Gordana Jovanovi

Part II. Vico's Theoretical Concepts and Legacy

4 Vico, (Particular) Imaginative Universals, Divine Providence, and the Imaginative Work Needed in Relating Oneself to Others
John Shotter
5 Language, Mind, and Culture
Augusto Ponzio
6 Giambattista Vico's Common Sense
Ivana Markova
7 The Epistemic Value of Fantasy
Carlos Cornejo

Conclusion: Toward a New (Psychological) Science
Luca Tateo




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