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

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2018, Issue 225


Poetic logic and sensus communis

Ersu Ding
Published Online: 2018-10-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2017-0026


Giambattista Vico first published his masterpiece The New Science in 1725, but it did not receive much attention from the academic world until the middle of the twentieth century. The last fifty years of academic research have witnessed a so-called “linguistic” and “cultural” turn which has revived our interest in this great Italian thinker. Looking at the Vichian scholarship of the recent past, it seems that Vico’s theory of poetic wisdom has gained a great deal of recognition and deservedly so, but his concept of sensus communis is yet to be fully appreciated. The present article thus tries to discuss the constructive and imaginative function of language and culture not just through the notion of poetic logic but also in relation to that of common sense, which hopefully can shed some light on the perennial debate over the criterion of truth and aesthetic judgement.

Keywords: Vico; The New Science; ontological realism; metaphor and metaphorization; poetic logic; sensus communis


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Published Online: 2018-10-31

Published in Print: 2018-11-06

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2018, Issue 225, Pages 447–455, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2017-0026.

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