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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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Vico and Naples

Vico and Naples

(p.1) Introduction Vico and Naples
Vico and Naples

Barbara Ann Naddeo

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of this book's inquiry into the intellectual accomplishments of Giambattista Vico (1668—1744), the famed professor of Rhetoric at the University of Naples. His magnum opus, the Scienza nuova (3rd ed., 1744), has been hailed by many contemporary scholars as the precursor of modern social theory and its disciplinary affiliations. In particular, the chapter identifies the oft-neglected aspects of Vico's social theory as exemplified in his ideals of a metropolis. The second half of the chapter elaborates on the particular subject of Vico's investigations—Naples—and the questions of society and citizenship brought about by its urbanization and expansion during the early eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Giambattista Vico, Vico's social theory, modern social theory, Naples, Neapolitan metropolis, Neapolitan society, citizenship, urbanization, eighteenth century

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