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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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Sense and Method of the New Science

Sense and Method of the New Science

(p.3) Chapter 1 Sense and Method of the New Science
Vico's "New Science"

Donald Phillip Verene

Cornell University Press

This chapter comments on the sense and method of the New Science. It begins by examining the New Science in relation to the works of Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Hugo Grotius. It then considers Giambattista Vico’s two new sciences, the science of history combined with the science of mythology, and suggests that what Galileo, Newton, and Bacon had done for our comprehension of nature, Vico would do for our comprehension of history. It also discusses the method on which Vico founds the new science: to join philosophy and philology, which in the New Science he calls a “new critical art.” Finally, it describes Vico’s discovery of the verum-factum principle, found in the opening chapter of On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians (1710), as the basis of knowledge.

Keywords:   philology, New Science, Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, Hugo Grotius, science of history, science of mythology, philosophy, Giambattista Vico

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