Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought : Vico: The First New Science, Paperback / softback Book

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought : Vico: The First New Science Paperback / softback

Edited by Leon (University of Birmingham) Pompa



The First New Science gives a clear account of Vico's mature philosophy: the belief that certain functions which are necessary for the maintenance of human society and culture, including philosophy, also condition them historically.

This challenges the traditional view that philosophy can lay claim to an historically independent viewpoint, thus bringing into question the legitimacy of the claims of universal prescriptive political theories as against the de facto political beliefs of particular historical societies.

This is the first of Vico's later major books in which he wrote in Italian in order not merely to expound but to demonstrate in practice, his conception of the philosophical importance of etymology.

This 2002 Cambridge Texts edition is the first complete English translation of the 1725 text.

Accompanied by a glossary, bibliography, chronology of Vico's life and expository introduction, it makes this important work accessible to students for the first time.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 368 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9780521387262



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