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Vico and NaplesThe Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory$
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Barbara Ann Naddeo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449161

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449161.001.0001

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From Social Theory to Philosophy

From Social Theory to Philosophy

Vico’s Disillusions with the Neapolitan Magistracy and the New Frontier of Philosophy

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(p.161) Chapter 4 From Social Theory to Philosophy
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Vico and Naples
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Barbara Ann Naddeo

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449161.003.0004

This concluding chapter elaborates on Vico's famous claim in his Autobiografia that he became a philosopher only because he failed to become a professor of law. It shows that Vico's politicking among the judiciary was untimely—and hence a miserable failure—by narrating Vico's unsuccessful bid for the highly remunerative Morning Chair of Civil Law at the University of Naples. The chapter further recounts the great personal difficulty with which Vico drafted and sought to publish the first edition of the Scienza nuova, then ends with the first edition of the Scienza nuova, in which Vico generalized the hypotheses of his legal works to make applicable to world society those insights about the nature of citizenship and rights of humans that he heretofore more narrowly had exemplified with his history of the Roman metropolis.

Keywords:   Autobiografia, Scienza nuova, Neapolitan judiciary, world society, Vico's legal works, citizenship, human rights, Roman metropolis

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