Giambattista Vico

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[Revised entry by Timothy Costelloe on September 15, 2022.
Changes to: Bibliography]
Giovanni Battista Vico (1668 – 1744) spent most of his professional life as Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Naples. He was trained in jurisprudence, but read widely in Classics, philology, and philosophy, all of which informed his highly original views on history, historiography, and culture. His thought is most fully expressed in his mature work, the Scienza Nuova or The New Science. In his own time, Vico was relatively unknown, but from the nineteenth century onwards his views found a…

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