A ‘DISCARDED IMAGE’.
REDISCOVERING VICO’S LESSON AS A TOPICAL HERITAGE
FOR THE CONTEMPORARY REFLECTION ON LAW AND JUSTICE.
Federico Reggio
Università degli Studi di Padova


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Abstract

Giambattista Vico’s philosophy offers very interesting and stimulating
arguments now that – in the ‘post-modern’ age – we can critically outline and
experience the outcomes (and the failures) of modernity.
Underrated, and probably also misunderstood, by many of his contemporaries –
for his critical approach towards several aspects of the evolving modern thought
at the beginning of Enlightment – Vico (1668-1744) developed, through a
‘solitary’ although not isolated path, a diverse and original philosophy, deeply
related with the humanistic tradition of classical thought.
Such a view nowadays appears to be for many aspects alternative to the modern
vision, and, for that reason, rich of interesting suggestions for the contemporary
reflection, also in the field of legal philosophy.