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Horst Steinke


not consider them part of it. The second aspect is the question of their devel-

opment according to Vichian notions of broadly-understood three stages; as

Vico himself implied in both cases, their trajectory of development would be

subjected to the same (spiraling) cycle(s) as other cultural phenomena. It

would therefore not be out-of-place to speak, however infelicitously, of “art-

historical Vichianism”, or “economic Vichianism”, as well as, analogously of

other “Vichianisms”, such as, more recently, “world-historical Vichianism” (as

in Brennan,

Borrowed Light

, cit.), “psychoanalytical Vichianism” (as in L. Gard-


Rhetorical Investigations: G. B. Vico and C. G. Jung

, London-New York,

Routledge, 2013), “cultural-psychological Vichianism” (as in L. Tuteo,


battista Vico and the principles of cultural psychology: A programmatic retrospective

, in

«History of the Human Sciences», 28, 2015, 1, pp. 44-65).


In this context, it is of interest to note that there appear to be also oth-

er major subject matters to be absent from Book II, as indicated by M.

Lentzen: «[…] si rimane sorpresi dal fatto che discipline come la medicina e la

giurisprudenza (che Vico affronta però in particolare nel quarto libro della


enza nuova

) non vengono prese in considerazione ([…] one is left surprised by

the fact that disciplines such as medicine and jurisprudence (which Vico how-

ever addresses specifically in the fourth book of

Scienza nuova

) are not taken

into consideration)» (Id.,

Il concetto di “sapientia poetica”

negli scritti di Giambattista


, in

Giambattista Vico e l’enciclopedia dei saperi

, cit., pp. 269-281, p. 270).


P. Fabiani,

The Philosophy of the Imagination in Vico and Malebranche

, trans.

and ed. by G. Pinton, Florence, Firenze University Press, 2009, p. 111. Simi-

larly A. Fletcher: «In the

New Science

, Vico creates a new paradigm […] envi-

sioning intellectual, political, social, and religious activities and changes occur-

ring within a general


of human creativity. This creativity Vico calls “po-

etry”» (Id.,

On the Syncretic Allegory of the New Science

, in «NVS», 4, 1986, pp. 25-

42, pp. 40-41). And in primitive humanity (i.e. humanity at first), such creativi-

ty took the form of highly imaginative language, hence its labelling as “poetic”

by Vico. See A. C. ’t Hart,

La metodologia giuridica vichiana


cit., pp. 5-28, p. 22.


To borrow a neologism used by N. Struever,

Rhetoric, Modality, Moderni-


, Chicago-London, University of Chicago Press, 2009, p. 48. This crucial

point is developed at length in G. Cacciatore,

Vico: I saperi poetici

, in


tista Vico e l’enciclopedia dei saperi

, cit., pp. 257-267, with the conclusion: «[…] il

sapere poetico è ciò che caratterizza l’originarietà primitiva dell’uomo e non

ancora la sua dispiegata razionalità ([…] poetic thought is that which is char-

acteristic of the originary (primitive) state of man and not yet of its fully mani-

fested rationality)» (p. 266).


Book IV, Section V, (§§ 928-931), is a single short paragraph in the

original (G. Vico,

La Scienza nuova. Le tre edizioni,

cit., p. 1172), merely reciting