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Vico's "New Science"A Philosophical Commentary$
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Donald Phillip Verene

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700163

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700163.001.0001

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Poetic Sciences

Poetic Sciences

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(p.151) Chapter 14 Poetic Sciences
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Vico's "New Science"
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Donald Phillip Verene

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700163.003.0017

This chapter examines the section on poetic sciences in the New Science. According to Giambattista Vico, all the branches of his tree of poetic wisdom hold poetic sciences, taking sciences in the sense of fields of knowledge, with those issuing from the second limb of the trunk being natural sciences. Poetic logic, morals, economy, and politics each occupy a separate branch from the first limb, but the poetic natural sciences are described as a configuration, branching off from each other. Logic occupies a special place in regard to the other humanistic sciences, as they presuppose the tropes and uses of language and letters it distinguishes. In the poetic natural sciences, physics has a corresponding role to logic. This chapter considers Vico’s scheme regarding the movement of thought as it relates to the questions of metaphysics to the questions of physics. It also discusses Vico’s views about poetic geography as well as the world of the theological poets.

Keywords:   poetic sciences, New Science, Giambattista Vico, poetic wisdom, natural sciences, poetic logic, physics, metaphysics, poetic geography, theological poets

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