Vico and the "marketplace of ideas"

"The work of Vico is recognized today as the magnificent beginning of a modern philosophy of history and politics..." -- The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vol. 13, p. 180

Vico offers yet one more piece of evidence against the vulgar notion that the best ideas are always those currently winning in the "marketplace." Vico died essentially unknown, and only became recognized for his genius in the last century.

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  1. I don't buy this whole marketplace of ideas idea.

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    1. When I first heard the phrase with respect to the ideal of free speech, I had to recoil in horror. It struck me as almost technocratic and utilitarian in nature.

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