|RIVISTA DI STUDI ITALIANI|
|Anno IV , n° 2, Dicembre 1986 ( Contributi )||pag. 29-46|
THE ANATOMY OF LANGUAGE:
VICO, JOYCE, AND ETYMOSINOLOGY
|HWA YOL JUNG|
In the beginning was the word, in the beginning was the deed; in
the resurrection, in the awakening, these two are one: poetry.
Norman O. Brown
Compared with the eternal significance of music, even the
mime, as the intensified symbolism of human gestures, is merely an allegory that expresses the innermost secret of the music only very externally, by means of the passionate motions of the human body.
Ideogram, at least as a poetic principle, is not a Sinophile fad.
I. Vico's "civic humanism" with its accent on the vita activa, I submit, would be quite at home with the Sinistic mindset, especially with the "practical humanism" of Confucius embodied in the concept of jen (humanity) based on the sensus communis if one dares to thumb
through the weighty leaves of the Chinese classics — including the Analects — which edify the "moral sciences" (politics, ethics, and jurisprudence) crowned by the ancient "art of rulership" (wang shu) as the symbol of a cosmic unity. To understand the "echoland" of Vico's thought and Sinism we need to engage in the full-scale "translation" as the "diplomacy" or "foreign relations" of languages. [...]
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