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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 Logic

Poetic Logic

(p.128) Chapter 12 Poetic Logic
Vico's "New Science"

Donald Phillip Verene

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the section on poetic logic in the New Science. Poetic logic, the first science of the first branch of the Tree of Poetic Sciences, is the direct counterpart of poetic metaphysics. It is also the first of the nine sciences that correspond to the nine Muses. Poetic logic is propaedeutic to the active sciences of poetic morals, economy, and politics, as well as the speculative poetic sciences of nature. This chapter examines Giambattista Vico’s concept of poetic logic and his articulation of a series of corollaries expounding various aspects of it in relation to poetic tropes, speech, languages and letters, style and song, law, and the art of topics. It also considers the four tropes identified by Vico: metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony.

Keywords:   poetic logic, New Science, Giambattista Vico, poetic tropes, speech, languages, metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, irony

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