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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Giambattista Vico’s open agenda of modernity

Martin Konitzer

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2005, Issue 157, Pages 571–575, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: 10.1515/semi.2005.2005.157.1-4.571, October 2005

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Giambattista Vico’s ‘Nova Sciencia’ (1725) can be read as an early program of qualitative research in humanities. By discussing Vico’s theory of metaphor, Vanessa Albus (2001) presents Vico as a predecessor of modern neurolinguistics and semiotics. Moreover Vico anticipates in metaphorical terms the flexible rules of actual ‘grounded theory’ as ‘lead lesbian ruler’ or Peirce’s logical principle of ‘abduction’ as ‘salto.’ One may ask whether this is an ‘open agenda of modernity’ complementary to Toulmin’s (1992) hypothesis of a ‘hidden’ one represented by Montaigne.

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