Vico: The First New Science
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Vico: The First New Science by Giambattista Vico
Book DescriptionThe First New Science gives a clear account of Vico's mature philosophy: the belief that certain functions which are necessary for the maintenance of human society and culture, including philosophy, also condition them historically. This challenges the traditional view that philosophy can lay claim to an historically independent viewpoint, thus bringing into question the legitimacy of the claims of universal prescriptive political theories as against the de facto political beliefs of particular historical societies. This is the first of Vico's later major books in which he wrote in Italian in order not merely to expound but to demonstrate in practice, his conception of the philosophical importance of etymology. This 2002 Cambridge Texts edition is the first complete English translation of the 1725 text. Accompanied by a glossary, bibliography, chronology of Vico's life and expository introduction, it makes this important work accessible to students for the first time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521387262
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Giambattista Vico
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Vico: The First New Science, Hardback (July 2002)
Annotated student edition of Vico's First New Science, an important and previously untranslated text.
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Giambattista Vico's "New Science" is gradually being re-established as one of the most significant "humanist" achievements since the Renaissance. This book represents his attempt to provide a comprehensive science of human society by decoding the history, mythology and law of the ancient world.
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Author Biography - Giambattista Vico
LEON POMPA is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of the University of Birmingham. He has published over a hundred articles and books on philosophy.
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