Physica ingeniosa and Abyssinian philosophy: the Ambivalence of the Cartesian Physics in De ratione, V
This study contrasts Vico's conception of the physics based on ingenium, developed in chapter five of De ratione, to its alleged counterpart, Cartesian deductive natural science. By examining the various “faces” and ramifications of Cartesian physics with a special focus on Thomas Burnet's “ingenious physics”, we demonstrate the affinity of some versions of the Cartesian hypothetical approach to Vico's rhetorical epistemology.
The article shows that the concept of reflection – the basic concept of Cartesian theory of knowledge – determines fundamental difficulties not only of classical conceptions of self-knowledge but also of contemporary conceptions that deny the subject-object relation of self-knowledge. Not declarative but real refusal from reflection as a method of self-knowledge proves to be the key to finding a productive approach to understanding of subjectivity.
The article is devoted to the influence of Giambattista Vico on Edward Said. It claims, first, that Vico inspired Said to engage in the intellectual-political project of Postcolonial Studies, and second, that Saidian reading of Vico is the most sophisticated, detailed and fresh left interpretation of the great Neapolitan philosopher in the twentieth century.
The monograph carried out by the joint efforts of the scholars from Italy, Russia, Brazil, and Japan sheds the light on the new methods and perspectives in the interdisciplinary investigations of the Giambattista Vico's intellectual legacy. Vico was one of the most prominent European thinkers of the 18th century, lately rediscovered and proclaimed the founding father or radical reformer of a number of scientific disciplines: sociology, philosophy of history, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of language, contemporary philology, philosophical aesthetics and history of culture. The essays brought together in this book carry out different ways of approaching the Vichian legacy and demonstrate the heuristic value of the G. Vico's thought for the resolution of problems, topical in various contexts and areas of the 21th century humanities.
This book is dedicated to the last inaugural speech by Giambattista Vico - De mente heroica (1732). It is primarily focused on Vico's idea of medicina mentis, history of law, and civil education.
This article is focused on the epistemological status of the New Science XLI Element, situated at an intersection of Biblical hermeneutics, civil science, and Cartesian «hypothetical cosmology». Our study seeks to disentangle the web of polemical contexts coming together in the «diluvian postulate» and to explain the peculiarity of this hybrid political–physical argument within the economy of Vichian opus magnum.
The article examines the key notions of G. Vico’s doctrine of nature, anthropology and historical process by means of the category of modality in its interpretation by Nancy S. Struever. Our study is focused on the semantic shifts of socialitas, a concept extremely important for Vichian anthropology and philosophy of history, which were performed since Vico’s earlier De Constantia jurisprudentis to the NS 44. These shifts are placed in the context of a more general process, that of transformation and complication of the modality of the Neapolitan’s texts, conceptualizing the notion of history. In our opinion, this approach could not only explain the contradictory character of the sociality in the last New Science, but could open a larger perspective in Vichian studies. It seems that the comparative analysis of conceptions put forward in Vico’s earlier writings, and modal characteristics of the texts where these conceptions are laid down would be promising a task for future researchers. Such investigations would substantially enhance the study of the Modern political discourses.
This article explores the features of the naturalistic dualism, becoming increasingly popular in contemporary analytic philosophy of mind. The paper highlights the differences between the classical substance (Cartesian) dualism and property dualism. According this purpose, the article examines the key arguments in favor of the substantial and naturalistic interpretation of dualism and also undertakes a detailed analysis of the naturalistic dualism. The main goal of this paper is to find the conceptual background behind the originality of the naturalistic dualism, and give an assessment of the heuristic potential of this approach.
In 2006, Russia amended its competition law and added the concepts of ‘collective dominance’ and its abuse. This was seen as an attempt to address the common problem of ‘conscious parallelism’ among firms in concentrated industries. Critics feared that the enforcement of this provision would become tantamount to government regulation of prices. In this paper we examine the enforcement experience to date, looking especially closely at sanctions imposed on firms in the oil industry. Some difficulties and complications experienced in enforcement are analysed, and some alternative strategies for addressing anticompetitive behaviour in concentrated industries discussed.