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Vico's Fable of Himself

DONALD PHILLIP VERENE

in The New Art of Autobiography

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.003.0005
Vico's Fable of Himself

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This chapter suggests that Giambattista Vico has employed in his autobiography one of the fundamental conceptions of his philosophy for the representation of himself and that his autobiography is a fable of himself. It explains that Vico considers the fable as the first true form of human speech and the form in which any basic concept of first truth about the human world can be stated. It contends that Vico's autobiographical narration draws upon the fable and form to convey the basic truths of his life as a philosopher.

Keywords: Giambattista Vico; autobiography; philosophy; fable; human speech; autobiographical narration

Chapter.  19575 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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