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The role of language in the development of modernity: the discussion of origins of language in Rousseau and Vico Wiesinger, Chris


This dissertation examines parts of the eighteenth-century discussion of the origins of language with reference to a developing awareness of the characteristics of the modern mind. Giambattista Vico and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are focal points for this study because they most strongly and clearly express an awareness of the connection between modern consciousness and language.

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