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Gioberti, Vincenzo (1801–52)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC029-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

The work of Vincenzo Gioberti was a life-long attempt to reconnect philosophy and Christianity, and tradition and progress, within the political turmoil of early nineteenth-century Italy and the rise of new philosophies of history. His critique of subjectivism led him to propose a Neoplatonic scheme (epitomized in what he called the ‘ideal formula’), which finds its root in an original intuition of being. From this intuition he deduced that the Being as the creator is God. But reflective judgment is not mere contemplation: as thinking and creating are the same in God (God is ‘the first philosopher’), so thinking and acting are the same in man, as an image of God. History and civilization are the continuation of the creative process in which the return of existence to being leads duality to unity again, although it keeps the ontological gap of creatural relationship.

Citing this article:
Piccinini, Mario. Gioberti, Vincenzo (1801–52), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC029-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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