New Science

ISBN-10: 0140435697
ISBN-13: 9780140435696
Edition: 3rd 1999
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Description: Barely acknowledged in his lifetime, the New Science of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) is an astonishingly perceptive and ambitious attempt to decipher the history, mythology and laws of the ancient world. Discarding the Renaissance notion of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Barely acknowledged in his lifetime, the New Science of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) is an astonishingly perceptive and ambitious attempt to decipher the history, mythology and laws of the ancient world. Discarding the Renaissance notion of the classical as an idealised model for the modern, it argues that the key to true understanding of the past lies in accepting that the customs and emotional lives of ancient Greeks and Romans, Egyptians, Jews and Babylonians were radically different from our own. Along the way, Vico explores a huge variety of topics, ranging from physics to poetics, money to monsters, and family structures to the Flood. Marking a crucial turning-point in humanist thinking, New Science has remained deeply influential since the dawn of Romanticism, inspiring the work of Karl Marx and even influencing the framework for Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.

Italian philosopher and scholar Giambattista Vico was born in Naples on June 23, 1668. He attended Jesuit schools and the University of Naples, where he was later the professor of rhetoric. The New Science, his work on the relationship between theoretic ideals and social realities included Establishment of Principles, Poetic Wisdom, Discovery of the True Homer, The Course of Nations, and the Recurrence of Things in the Resurgence of the Nations. Giambattista Vico died in Naples in 1744.

Introduction
Translator's Preface
Explanation of the Frontispiece
Establishing Principles
Poetic Wisdom
Poetic Metaphysics
Poetic Logic
Poetic Morality
Poetic Economics, or Household Management
Poetic Politics
Epitomes of Poetic History
Poetic Physics
Poetic Cosmography
Poetic Astronomy
Poetic Chronology
Poetic Geography
Discovery of the True Homer
The Search for the True Homer
Discovery of the True Homer
The Course of Nations
Three Kinds of Human Nature
Three Kinds of Customs
Three Kinds of Natural Law
Three Kinds of Government
Three Kinds of Language
Three Kinds of Symbols
Three Kinds of Jurisprudence
Three Kinds of Authority
Three Kinds of Reason
Three Kinds of Judgments
Three Schools of Thought
Further Proofs Drawn from the Properties of Heroic Aristocracies
Final Proofs Confirming the Course of Nations
The Resurgence of Nations and the Recurrence of Human Institutions
Conclusion of the Work: On the Eternal Natural Commonwealth, Best in its Kind, Ordained by Divine Providence
Index and Glossary

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