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

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

by Donald Phillip Verene
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099584
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2003
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1The Joycean Vico: A New Key3
2The Life of Vico: A Career in Naples40
3The New Art of Pedagogy: Wisdom Speaking69
4The Most Ancient Wisdom: Metaphysics96
5The Universal Law: Jurisprudence119
6The New Science: The Life of Nations145
Postface204
Chronology207
Notes221
Bibliography241
Index255

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