Two Forms of Platonism: A New Interpretation of Jung's "Mythical Empiricism" and Vico's "Critical Metaphysics"


This paper juxtaposes the thought of Carl G. Jung to that of Giambattista Vico , aiming primarily at overturning all currently dominant historicist readings of Vico's political philosophy. On the way, I illuminate Vico's rational or non-dogmatic response to both medieval Christian theology and modern "scientific" philosophy . The Vico emerging through his own arguments and "reasoning" is a reviver of political philosophy in the Socratic tradition of Plato and Cicero



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