Vico and the plan of studies in his time: the connection between knowledge and ethics

Vico criticized the prevalent rationality in his time and proposed another one as alternative. In this enterprise, Vico suggested the wit as the profile of intelligence that every pedagogical plan should foment. The wit thought by Vico should be able to restore the connection between knowledge and ethics. It's something that, according to this philosopher, would have been abandoned by the vogue's philosophies on the turn of the seventhieth to the eighthieth century. Moreover, the wit cold revigorate the inventio, one of main classical rhetoric faculties, often disqualified by the modem philosophy. The starting point to Vico's innovator impulse was the contestation of some principles and consequences of Descartes' philosophy, a great philosophical vogue on time of the Napolitan.

Education; Rhetoric; Wit


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