Vico. La metafora fa il maggior corpo delle lingue. Menare fuori le forme dalla materia

Francesco Valagussa


According to Vico «metaphor makes up the great body of the language». This sentence has to be read and discussed in connection with Vico’s definition of metaphor as «a fable in brief». Within the relation between these two sentences we have the possibility to conceive the importance of metaphor as a bridge between the “wholly corporal imagination” of the body and the very begin of our mind. By “bringing forth of forms from matter” metaphor enables the gesture of reflection, which is the epitome of mind in his effort to reflect and to understand the world.


Vico; metaphor; fable in brief; wholly corporeal imagination; mind

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