Trasporto. La metafora come origine della conoscenza in Giambattista Vico

  • Jürgen Trabant Freie Universität Berlin
Parole chiave: Giambattista Vico, Philosophy of Metaphor, Anthropogenesis, Writerly Attitude, Imagination, Mimesis, Animation, Visual culture.


The origin of human knowledge is presented by Vico as a movement and transport, due to the metaphoric essence of thinking. An analysis has been here carried out re-interpreting The New Science to see Vico as a precursor of the philosophy of metaphor, one hundred years before Nietzsche would write about the cognitive “jump”, allowed by metaphors, and two hundred years before Lakoff and Johnson would recognize metaphor as the cornerstone of human understanding.


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