1. What did Jules Michelet discover in the work of Giavanni Vico?
Michelet discovered an approach to history that treated cultures as experimental data and tried to identify the laws that culture as a general force ran by. This led Vico, and then Michelet, to try to identify the factors that influenced the development of each culture's historical development.
2. What was Vico's effect on Michelet?
Michelet was interested in the science of history. Vico's writings allowed him to consider the organized nature of society and to treat it as a phenomenon whose laws can be known. Seeing human laws as a result of historical laws allowed Michelet to unify all branches of knowledge as the result of history's development.
3. What intellectual tradition had Michelet inherited from the Middle Ages?
Michelet inherited the notion that man was improvable, an idea that had been put forward by English philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon among others.
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