Giambattista Vico and the New Psychological Science

Giambattista Vico and the New Psychological Science

Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) was an Italian philosopher, rhetorician, and historian. This book, edited by Luca Tateo and with a foreword by Dr Jaan Valsiner, aims to show how Vico’s insights can inspire future research in the psychological sciences.

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.

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Luca Tateo

Jaan Valsiner