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Vico and Naples: The Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory

Barbara Ann Naddeo


This book is an intellectual portrait of the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668—1744) that reveals the politics and motivations of one of Europe's first scientists of society. According to the commonplaces of the literature on the Neapolitan, Vico was a solitary figure who, at a remove from the political life of his larger community, steeped himself in the recondite debates of classical scholarship to produce his magnum opus, the New Science. This book shows, however, that at the outset of his career, Vico was deeply engaged in the often-tumultuous life of his great city and that h ... More

Keywords: Giambattista Vico, Neapolitan, New Science, social change, Naples, social divisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449161
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Ann Naddeo, author
CUNY: The City College of New York