Knowledge of Things Human and Divine: Vico's New Science and

Knowledge of Things Human and Divine: Vico's New Science and "Finnegans Wake"

by Donald Phillip Verene
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300099584

ISBN-13: 9780300099584

Pub. Date: 09/10/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

This is the first book to examine in full the interconnections between Giambattista Vico's new science and James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Maintaining that Joyce is the greatest modern "interpreter" of Vico, Donald Phillip Verene demonstrates how images from Joyce's work offer keys to Vico's philosophy. Verene presents the entire course of Vico's philosophical thought

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This is the first book to examine in full the interconnections between Giambattista Vico's new science and James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Maintaining that Joyce is the greatest modern "interpreter" of Vico, Donald Phillip Verene demonstrates how images from Joyce's work offer keys to Vico's philosophy. Verene presents the entire course of Vico's philosophical thought as it develops in his major works, with Joyce's words and insights serving as a guide.
The book devotes a chapter to each period of Vico's thought, from his early orations on education to his anti-Cartesian metaphysics and his conception of universal law, culminating in his new science of the history of nations. Verene analyzes Vico's major works, including all three editions of the New Science. The volume also features a detailed chronology of the philosopher's career, historical illustrations related to his works, and an extensive bibliography of Vico scholarship and all English translations of his writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099584
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2003
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
List of Abbreviations....................xiii
Part I. A Portrait of Vico 1. The Joycean Vico: A New Key....................3
2. The Life of Vico: A Career in Naples....................40
Part II. Vico's Voyage 3. The New Art of Pedagogy: Wisdom Speaking....................69
4. The Most Ancient Wisdom: Metaphysics....................96
5. The Universal Law: Jurisprudence....................119
Part III. Vico's Science 6. The New Science: The Life of Nations....................145
Postface....................204
Chronology....................207
Notes....................221
Bibliography....................241
Index....................255

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