Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge

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This textual study of the theoretical writings of Giambattista Vico stresses his early writings - theories of language and society. Vico's fundamental importance in the history of European ideas lies in his strong anti-Cartesian, anti-French and anti-enlightenment views. In an age in which intellectuals adopted a rational approach, Vico stressed the nonrational element in man - in particular, imagination - as well as social and civil relationships, none of them reducible to the scientific theories so popular in his time.