Philosophy of history subject of Thursday lecture

The 18th century philosopher Giambattista Vico developed a radical, modern conception of individuality, says the next lecturer in the Humanities Research Group’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian at Yale University, will deliver his free public lecture “The Representation of the Self in Vico’s Autobiography” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University.

He argues that Vico’s philosophy of history cannot be understood without appropriate appreciation of the importance of the individual in history.

Among Mazzotta’s publications is the 1998 book, The New Map of the World: the Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico.

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