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Using Giambattista Vico to ponder truth and reality in the Donald Trump Era

Mackey, Steve 2017, Using Giambattista Vico to ponder truth and reality in the Donald Trump Era, Cosmos and history, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 336-357.

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Title Using Giambattista Vico to ponder truth and reality in the Donald Trump Era
Author(s) Mackey, Steve
Journal name Cosmos and history
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 336
End page 357
Total pages 22
Publisher Cosmos Publishing Cooperative
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1832-9101
Keyword(s) Rhetoric
Ramus
Ong
Aristotle
Trump
Post-truth
Summary Writers including Arran Gare and Mikhail Epstein are calling for a return to the humanities to tackle contemporary impotence against globally disasterous neoliberal ideas. This paper uses the thesis of Giambattista Vico to take their call a step further. Rather than asking present thinkers to change their perspectives, what is needed is the creation of new thinkers. According to Vico in the past there have been three ages in which people have thought on the bases of very different sensus communis or archai. That is: since pre-history humanity has used three entirely different, if somewhat overlapping schema for understanding. These are superstition, hero myths and logical reasoning. As will be explained, logical reasoning is no longer adequate. But the seeds of a radically different fourth basis of understanding lies hidden within logical reasoning’s body. This forgotten potential is a proper grasp of Aristotle’s and others’ insightful conceptions of rhetoric, conceptions which have been suppressed by logicians. This paper calls for a paradigm shift in thinking to retrieve these ideas and align philosophy closer to what was once termed the queen of the humanities.
Language eng
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30111682

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