1st Edition

Vico's New Science of Ancient Signs A Study of Sematology

By Jürgen Trabant Copyright 2003
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Jürgen Trabant reads the profound insights into human semiosis contained in Vico's 'sematology' as both a spirited rejection of Cartesian philosophy and an early critique of enlightened logocentricism. Sean Ward's translation makes this work available to an English-reading audience for the first time.

    Foreword by Donald Phillip Verene Translator's Preface References, Editions, Abbreviations, Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Mr Vico, Renato and Philology 2. Vico's Discovery: Poetic Characters 3. Gestures and Objects (sémata ), Words 4. The Common Mental Dictionary 5. Speaking by Writing (Derrida -- Rousseau) 6. Speaking by Singing (Herder) 7. Memoria-fantasia-ingegno 8. Vico and Humboldt on Imagination and Language Works Cited Index


    Jürgen Trabant is professor of French and Italian linguistics at the Free University Berlin. His main fields of research are the history of linguistics and language philosophy, semiotics, especially semiotics of literature and language politics. Sean Ward is a writer and translator. He lives in Arlington, Virginia and is co-editor, with Jürgen Trabant, of New Essays on the Origin of Language (2001).