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Greg Johnson was the guest on Academic Agent‘s Cigar Stream recently to discuss the importance of the Italian Enlightenment philosopher and historian Giambattista Vico, and it is now available on Counter-Currents’ Odysee channel.
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Another great performance from the Philosopher/Leader! That was engrossing. I have several of Vico’s books picked up second hand, and now I’m motivated to read them.
Regarding Homer, I believe he has as much depth as any author, but what I think the ancients objected to was his use as a sacred authority or decider. Those same philosophers would probably object to the Christian Bible similarly. What does Heraclitus say about homer? Vico meant Homer Simpson is a ass, right?
Another point or subtext to what Vico said may have been the debate among early enlightenment authors regarding whether the ancients were all knowing. This was a cornerstone of church authority of course, which they sought to topple. For example, at the end of one of the mathematician Fermat’s treatises, I noticed he wrote, “this further goes to prove that the ancients did not know everything,” meaning that he had made discoveries that the Greek mathematicians had not.
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