The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico

Beyond its relevance to the development of the New Science, the Autobiography is also of interest for the light it sheds on Italian culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.Still regarded by many as the best English-language ...

Author: Giambattista Vico

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501703005

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico is significant both as a source of insight into the influences on the eighteenth-century philosopher's intellectual development and as one of the earliest and most sophisticated examples of philosophical autobiography. Referring to himself in the third person, Vico records the course of his life and the influence that various thinkers had on the development of concepts central to his mature work. Beyond its relevance to the development of the New Science, the Autobiography is also of interest for the light it sheds on Italian culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.Still regarded by many as the best English-language translation of this classic work, the Cornell edition was widely lauded when first published in 1944. Wrote the Saturday Review of Literature: "Here was something new in the art of self-revelation. Vico wrote of his childhood, the psychological influences to which he was subjected, the social conditions under which he grew up and received an education and evolved his own way of thinking. It was so outstanding a piece of work that it was held up as a model, which it still is."

The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico

Finocchiaro, Maurice A. 1988: Gramsci and the History of Dialectical Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Fisch, Max Harold 1944: Introduction to The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Author: Peter F. Drucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351477420

Category: Philosophy

Page: 317

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With a new introduction by Alan Sica. Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) is often regarded as the beleaguered, neglected genius of pre-Enlightenment Naples. His work-though known to Herder, Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, and Michelet-widely and deeply appreciated only during the twentieth century. Although Vico may be best known for the use James Joyce made of his theories in Finnegans Wake, Croce's insightful analysis of Vico's ideas played a large role in alerting readers to his unique voice. Croce's volume preceded Joyce's creation of "Mr. John Baptister Vickar" by a quarter century. During the last 25 years Vico's ideas about history, language, anti-Cartesian epistemology, and rhetoric have begun to receive the recognition their admirers have long claimed they deserve. Increasing numbers of publications appear annually which bear the stamp of Vico's thinking. Even if he is not yet so renowned as some of his contemporaries, such as Locke, Voltaire, or Montesquieu, there are good reasons to believe that in the future he will be equally honored as a cultural theorist. As a theorist of historical process and its language, there is no more innovative voice than his until the twentieth century-which explains in part why such figures as Joyce and R.G. Collingwood freely drew on Vico's work, particularly his New Science, while creating their own. If Vico was Naples' most brilliant, if uncelebrated, citizen prior to the Enlightenment taking hold in Southern Italy, then Croce (1866-1952) is surely the city's most important thinker of modern times, and the single indispensable Italian philosopher since Vico's death. When a genius of Croce's interpretative prowess, evaluates the work of another, it is inevitable that an explosive mixture will result. A great virtue of this book is its fusion of Croce's unique brand of idealism and aesthetic philosophy with Vico's epistemological, ethical, and historical theories. If Vico's theory of cyclical changes in history, the corsi e ricorsi, remains fruitful, it might be argued that Croce's evaluation of his countryman' ideas represented the next turn of the philosophical wheel toward enlightenment.

Isaiah Berlin s Counter Enlightenment

Vico : A Bibliography of Works in English from 1884 to 1994 , ed . Molly Black Verene , ( Charlottesville , Va .: Philosophy Documentation Center , 1994 ) . 8. Isaiah Berlin , " The Philosophical Ideas of Giambattista Vico , " in Art ...

Author: Isaiah Berlin

Publisher: American Philosophical Society

ISBN: 9780871699350

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

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As the essays in this collection make plain, Isaiah Berlin invented neither the term "Counter-Enlightenment" nor the concept. However, more than any other figure since the eighteenth century, Berlin appropriated the term, made it the heart of his own political thought, and imbued his interpretations of particular thinkers with its meanings and significance. His diverse treatment of writers at the margins of the Enlightenment, who themselves reflected upon what they took to be its central currents, were at once historical and philosophical. Berlin sought to show that our patterns of culture, manufactured by ourselves, must be explained differently from the ways in which we seek to fathom laws of nature. Many of the essays in this volume were prepared for the International Seminar in memory of Sir Isaiah Berlin, held at the School of History in Tel Aviv University during the academic year 1999-2000.


Giambattista Vico, The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico, trans. T. G. Bergin and M. H. Fisch (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1963), 119. 80. Ibid., 132. 81. Ibid., 134. 82. In 1692 Vico published a long philosophical poem, ...

Author: Joseph Mali

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226502627

Category: History

Page: 369

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Ever since Herodotus declared in Histories that to preserve the memories of the great achievements of the Greeks and other nations he would count on their own stories, historians have debated whether and how they should deal with myth. Most have sided with Thucydides, who denounced myth as "unscientific" and banished it from historiography. In Mythistory, Joseph Mali revives this oldest controversy in historiography. Contesting the conventional opposition between myth and history, Mali advocates instead for a historiography that reconciles the two and recognizes the crucial role that myth plays in the construction of personal and communal identities. The task of historiography, he argues, is to illuminate, not eliminate, these fictions by showing how they have passed into and shaped historical reality. Drawing on the works of modern theorists and artists of myth such as Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, Joyce and Eliot, Mali redefines modern historiography and relates it to the older notion and tradition of "mythistory." Tracing the origins and transformations of this historiographical tradition from the ancient world to the modern, Mali shows how Livy and Machiavelli sought to recover true history from uncertain myth-and how Vico and Michelet then reversed this pattern of inquiry, seeking instead to recover a deeper and truer myth from uncertain history. In the heart of Mythistory, Mali turns his attention to four thinkers who rediscovered myth in and for modern cultural history: Jacob Burckhardt, Aby Warburg, Ernst Kantorowicz, and Walter Benjamin. His elaboration of the different biographical and historiographical routes by which all four sought to account for the persistence and significance of myth in Western civilization opens up new perspectives for an alternative intellectual history of modernity-one that may better explain the proliferation of mythic imageries of redemption in our secular, all too secular, times.

Autobiography as Philosophy

Spengemann, W. C. (1980) The Forms of Autobiography, New Haven CT: Yale University Press. Verene, D. (1991) The New Art ofAutobiography: An Essay on the 'Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself', Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Author: Thomas Mathien

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134338708

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 289

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Most philosophical writing is impersonal and argumentative, but many important philosophers have nevertheless written accounts of their own lives. Filling a gap in the market for a text focusing on autobiography as philosophy, this collection discusses several such autobiographies in the light of their authors' broader work, and considers whether there are any philosophical tasks for which life accounts are particularly appropriate. Instead of the common impersonal and argumentative forms of ordinary philosophical discussion, these autobiographical texts are deeply personal and largely narrative or explanatory. The contributors to this book examine the philosophical significance of philosophers’ autobiographies and whether or not there are broadly philosophical tasks for which this sort of writing is particularly suited. Autobiography as Philosophy contains a general discussion about the relation between philosophical and autobiographical writing, and essays on the specific writings of Augustine, Abelard, Montaigne, Descartes, Vico, Hume, Rousseau, Newman, Mill, Nietzsche, Collingwood and Russell by specialists on the works of these individuals. Original and distinctive in its efforts to think about the writings of historically recognized philosophers as communicative acts governed by their own distinctive interests and purposes, the book reveals that it is as much about the texts and the authors as it is about their doctrines and arguments. As a result the book steps back from many of the issues of substantive philosophical discussion to reflect on certain forms of writing as means to philosophical ends, to consider what those ends have included.

A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy

Vico is generally considered the founder of the philosophy of history; as mentioned above, he is also the founder of the modern philosophy of mythology. ... Writings The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico, trans.

Author: Steven Nadler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470998830

Category: Philosophy

Page: 675

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This is a reference for early modern philosophy. Representing the most contemporary research in the history of early modern philosophy, it is organized by thinker rather than theme, and covers every important philosopher and philosophical movement of 16th- and 18th-century Europe.

Fifty Key Thinkers on History

It seems fair to conclude, however, that Vico changed existing views of history and knowledge in at least two ... 2 C. Miller, Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge, Basingstoke: St Martin's Press, 1993, chaps 1, 7.

Author: Marnie Hughes-Warrington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134482531

Category: History

Page: 350

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Fifty Key Thinkers on History is an essential guide to the most influential historians, theorists and philosophers of history. The entries offer comprehensive coverage of the long history of historiography ranging from ancient China, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. This third edition has been updated throughout and features new entries on Machiavelli, Ranajit Guha, William McNeil and Niall Ferguson. Other thinkers who are introduced include: Herodotus Bede Ibn Khaldun E. H. Carr Fernand Braudel Eric Hobsbawm Michel Foucault Edward Gibbon Each clear and concise essay offers a brief biographical introduction; a summary and discussion of each thinker’s approach to history and how others have engaged with it; a list of their major works and a list of resources for further study.

Giambattista Vico Post mechanical Thought and Contemporary Psychology

CHAPTER FIVE : VICO'S MATURE THOUGHT : AN EXAMINATION OF THE NEW SCIENCE AND THE NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GIAMBATTISTA VICO Background , Development , Relationships , and General Significance Vico's New Science in its third and last ...

Author: Michael S. Littleford

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Psychology

Page: 342

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This work begins with the humanistic psychologists' criticism of behaviorism and other mechanical trends in psychology. As the work develops, it encompasses the humanists' criticisms within Vico's broader and more coherent critique of, and his positive historical and philosophical alternative to mechanical philosophy and psychology. The work concludes with the beginnings of a new paradigm for psychological research and practice. The new perspective includes, situates, and connects the relative truths of mechanical, humanistic, and other partial psychological trends. The new Vichian perspective also relates the various psychological trends to relevant similar ones in a wide variety of fields, and in the process, encompasses many post-mechanical thinkers not currently used in the efforts to construct a complete and coherent psychology.

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

Vico and Herder: Two Studies in the History of Ideas. London: Hogarth Press. Burke, P. (1985). Vico (New York: Oxford University Press). Caponigri, R. A. (1953). Time and Idea: The Theory of History in Giambattista Vico (London: ...

Author: Aviezer Tucker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444351524

Category: Philosophy

Page: 576

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The fifty entries in this Companion cover the main issues in the philosophies of historiography and history, including natural history and the practices of historians. Written by an international and multi-disciplinary group of experts A cutting-edge updated picture of current research in the field Part of the renowned Blackwell Companions series