Keys to the "New Science"
Publication Year: 2008
Giambattista Vico: Keys to the "New Science" brings together in one volume translations, commentaries, and essays that illuminate the background of Giambattista Vico's major work. Thora Ilin Bayer and Donald Phillip Verene have collected a series of texts that help us to understand the progress of Vico's thinking, culminating in the definitive version of the New Science, which was published in 1744.
Bayer and Verene provide useful introductions both to the collection as a whole and to the individual writings. What emerges is a clear picture of the decades-long process through which Vico elaborated his revolutionary theory of history and culture. Of particular interest are the first sketch of the new science from his earlier work, the Universal Law, and Vico's response to the false book notice regarding the first version of his New Science.
The volume also includes additions to the 1744 edition that Vico had written out but that do not appear in the English translations-including his brief chapter on the "Reprehension of the Metaphysics of Descartes, Spinoza, and Locke"-and a bibliography of all of Vico's writings that have appeared in English. Giambattista Vico: Keys to the "New Science" is a unique and vital companion for anyone reading or rereading this landmark of Western intellectual history.
Published by: Cornell University Press
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All translations, commentaries, and essays are reprinted, revised, and edited from these issues of New Vico Studies, published by the Philosophy Documentation Center for the Institute for Vico Stud-ies. The illustrations are reproduced from historical editions of “Synopsis of Universal Law.” New Vico Studies 21 (2003): 3 –22....
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Giambattista Vico’s New Science was published in two versions, one in 1725 and another in 1730. In his Autobiography Vico refers to these as the First New Science and the Second New Science (A 192). Prior to the First New Science Vico published his three books of Universal Law (1720 –22). In his Autobiography Vico describes these ...
part 1Background of theNew Science inthe Universal Law(1720 –1722)
Synopsis of Universal Law
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In the 1720s, prior to the fi rst version of his New Science (1725), eral Italian title Il diritto universale. To announce this work, Vico had printed four densely written pages in Italian that are untitled but are commonly called Sinopsi del diritto universale. This synop-sis of Vico’s work on Universal Law appeared in July 1720. The ...
The True and the Certain
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...law is the relationship of the true (verum) and the certain (certum)—that is, the connection that exists in the law between the law as ra-tional and universally valid and the law as positive, historical (the product of human will deriving validity from authority as present in particular societies). He expresses this connection in the pro-...
A New Science Is Essayed
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Constancy of the Jurisprudent, is divided into two major parts. The fi rst is “On the Constancy of Philosophy,” and the second is “On the Constancy of Philology.” Vico begins this second part with a sketch of a “new science” that will be based on a reconception of The two sources of all that is knowable: intellect, will. As man consists ...
On Homer and HisTwo Poems
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The third book of Vico’s Universal Law contains, in addition to notes on the fi rst two books, a series of short Dissertations. In his Autobiography Vico says he “read both the poems of Homer in the light of his principles of philology”; and by certain canons of my-thology that he had conceived, he gives these poems an aspect dif-...
Vico’s Address to His Readersfrom a Lost Manuscript onJurisprudence
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In the Villarosa collection of Giambattista Vico’s manuscripts in the National Library in Naples there is an autograph of two sheets of paper, written on three sides in Latin, with the title “Ad Lec-tores Aequanimos.” I have examined these pages, which are writ-ten in Vico’s characteristically legible hand in neat lines. These ...
part 2Reception of theFirst New Science(1725)
Vico’s Reply to the FalseBook Notice
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...later in his Autobiography, called the First New Science (A 192–94). In August 1729, four years after its publication, there appeared in a bookstore in Naples an issue of the Leipzig Acta Eruditorum of Au-gust 1727, containing an anonymously written, malevolent notice of Vico’s book.1 In the last half of November 1729 Vico printed ...
VINDICATION OF VICO
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...are unfavorably received by you, illustrious gentlemen of letters of  Published in the same place (Naples) is a book titled Principles of a New Science (a), in octavo (b), and although the author of this tain from a friend (d), an Italian (e), that he is an abbé (f ), a Neapolitan by the name of Vico (g). The author in this small book ...
part 3Additions to theSecond New Science(1730/1744)
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Figure 5. Dipintura or frontispiece of the 1730 edition of the Scienza nuova.Figure 6. Portrait of Vico with couplet by Domenico Ludovico (1744).Figure 7. Dipintura or frontispiece of the 1744 edition of the Scienza nuova.Figure 8. Impresa of the title page of the 1744 edition of the Scienza nuova....
Vico’s “IGNOTA LATEBAT”
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Giambattista Vico published the fi rst edition of his New Science in October 1725. It has come to be known as the First New Science (Scienza nuova prima), the term that Vico himself applied to it in his Autobiography (A 192–94). The frontespizio, or what is com-“title page,” contains (1) the title in full, Principj di una scienza ...
Vico’s Addition to the Treeof the Poetic Sciencesand His Use of the Muses
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... These are the general aspects from which this science can be regarded. Indeed, from this fi rst principle [religion, Jove] of all things divine and human of the gentiles, that which we have found within this metaphysics of the human race, this sublime science alone will give us the principles of all the other subaltern sciences ...
Vico’s Reprehension of theMetaphysics of René Descartes,Benedict Spinoza, and John Locke
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...all men is Jove,”2—one cannot have any idea either of science or of virtue. Thus is easily dismissed the supposition of Polybius, who says that if there were philosophers in the world, there would be 1. Giambattista Vico, “Riprensione delle metafi siche di Renato delle Carte, di Benedetto Spinosa e di Giovanni Locke,” in Opere di G. B. Vico, ed. Fausto Nicolini, ...
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New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the “Life of Giambattista ...
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Publication Year: 2008