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Donald Phillip Verene

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099584

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099584.001.0001

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The New Art of Pedagogy: Wisdom Speaking

The New Art of Pedagogy: Wisdom Speaking

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Knowledge of Things Human and Divine

Donald Phillip Verene

Yale University Press

This chapter depicts Vico as being born into the third age of human society, governed by intelligible universals, making it possible only to aspire to acts of heroic mind, not heroic deeds. To arrive at the thoughts of the New Science he must make his way through pedagogy, philosophy, and jurisprudence. To do this, having sworn allegiance to no teacher, Vico must rely on his good genius. When he enters each of these fields of knowledge, Vico looks to see in what way they inhabit the human world. In his journey he never leaves the circle of the human self. This chapter more directly exposits Vico's views, only to return to Joyce at the close of each chapter for a last word on them.

Keywords:   third age, human society, intelligible universals, heroic mind, heroic deeds

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