New Science Principles of the New Science Concerning the Common Nature of Nations - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Barely acknowledged in his lifetime, the New Science of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) is an astonishingly perceptive and ambitious attempt to decipher the history, mythology and laws of the ancient world. Discarding the Renaissance notion of the classical as an idealised model for the modern, it argues that the key to true understanding of the past lies in accepting that the customs and emotional lives of ancient Greeks and Romans, Egyptians, Jews and Babylonians were radically different from our own. Along the way, Vico explores a huge variety of topics, ranging from physics to poetics, money to monsters, and family structures to the Flood. Marking a crucial turning-point in humanist thinking, New Science has remained deeply influential since the dawn of Romanticism, inspiring the work of Karl Marx and even influencing the framework for Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140435696
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: 3rd Edition, thoroughly corrected, rev, and expandEdition
DEWEY: 195
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 386g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 25mm