Accepted paper:

Poetic wisdom: Vico on myth

Authors:

Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)

Paper short abstract:

Giambattista Vico's concept of myth presented a radical departure from the rationalist ideas of his time. Myths, fables, and religions form important clues about the origin and development of early human institution.

Paper long abstract:

Giambattista Vico's concept of myth presented a radical departure from the rationalist ideas of his time. Myths, fables, and religions form important clues about the origin and development of early human institutions. The idea that human beings cannot live without religion and myths even in the Age of Reason (the age when he lived himself) presented an emphasis on the problem of belief - something that will become more important with the Romantic movement. That is why the evolution of rules, laws and regulations was necessary, and in their final form they make possible lives of humans as members of the society.

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