Vico and Populism: the return to a ‘barbarism of reflection’

Isaacs, Rico (2021) Vico and Populism: the return to a ‘barbarism of reflection’. ProtoSociology, 37 . ISSN 1434-4319

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This essay brings Italian political philosopher Giambattista Vico’s thought to bear on the issue of contemporary populism. Contemporary populism can be reflected in Vico’s cyclical philosophy of the three ages of civilisation: the divine, heroic and human ages (Corso e ricorso). Contemporary populism represents a return to the barbarism of the heroic age through the descent into individualism and private interest, the return of divinely ordained rulers and the recourse to myth, violence and morality. Humankind’s reason has become corrupted by the complexity of highly developed society, releasing the destructive forces of contemporary populism and a descent into a ‘barbarism of reflection’. Corsi e ricorsi illustrates how contemporary populism remains but a stage in the Vichian cycle, alluding to how it represents an essential form of political life throughout history.

Keywords:Populism, Vico, Globalization
Subjects:L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:04 Feb 2021 12:22

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