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Author Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744.
Title Principa di una scienza nuova. English
The first new science / Vico ; edited and translated by Leon Pompa.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Author Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744.
Series Cambridge texts in the history of political thought
Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Subject Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744. Principi di una scienza nuova.
Philosophy -- Early works to 1800.
History -- Philosophy -- Early works to 1800.
Social sciences -- Early works to 1800.
Alt Name Pompa, Leon.
Add Title Vico : the first new science
Description 1 online resource (lxiv, 302 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Translation of the 1725 text of: Principi di una scienza nuova.
Print version record.
Contents The First New Science -- Idea of the Work -- The Necessity of the end and the Difficulty of the Means of Discovering A New Science -- Reasons for our meditation on this work -- Meditation on a New Science -- The defect of such a Science if based upon the maxims of the Epicureans and Stoics or the practices advocated by Plato -- This Science is meditated on the basis of the Roman jurisconsults' idea of the natural law of the gentes -- The defect of such a Science if based upon the systems of Grotius, Selden or Pufendorf -- Reasons why this Science has hitherto been lacking among the philosophers and philologists -- The necessity, both human and doctrinal, that the origins of this Science be derived from sacred history -- The difficulty of discovering the progress or continuity [proper to this Science] -- [The difficulty of discovering the origins of humanity] from the philosophers -- [The difficulty of discovering the origins of humanity] from the philologists -- The necessity to seek the principles of the nature of nations by means of a metaphysics raised to contemplate a certain common mind of all the peoples -- On the idea of a jurisprudence of mankind -- The severe difficulties of discovering [the mode of men's first ideas] -- The Principles of this Science Concerning Ideas -- The first principle of the nations is Providence -- The rule of the world of nations is vulgar wisdom -- The artificer of the world of nations is human will regulated by vulgar wisdom -- The natural order of human ideas of an eternal justice.
Summary The 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.
ISBN 0511065353 (electronic bk.)
9780511065354 (electronic bk.)
9780521382908 (hbk.)
0521382904 (hbk.)
9780521387262 (pbk.)
0521387264 (pbk.)
9781139163705 (electronic bk.)
1139163701 (electronic bk.)
0521382904 (Cloth)
0521387264 (pbk.)
OCLC # 252488479
Additional Format Print version: Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744. Principa di una scienza nuova. English. First new science. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002 (DLC) 2002073724

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