Vico Genealogist of Modernity Robert C. Miner

ISBN: 9780268034689

Published: July 1st 2002

Hardcover

215 pages


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Vico Genealogist of Modernity  by  Robert C. Miner

Vico Genealogist of Modernity by Robert C. Miner
July 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 215 pages | ISBN: 9780268034689 | 5.60 Mb

In this lucid and probing study, Robert C. Miner argues that Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) was the architect of a subversive, genealogical approach to modernity. Miner documents the genesis of Vicos stance toward modernity in the first phase of hisMoreIn this lucid and probing study, Robert C. Miner argues that Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) was the architect of a subversive, genealogical approach to modernity. Miner documents the genesis of Vicos stance toward modernity in the first phase of his thought.

Through close examination of his early writings, centering on Vicos critique of Descartes and his elaboration of the verum-factum principle, Vico, Genealogist of Modernity reveals that Vico strives to acknowledge the technical advances of modernity while unmasking its origins in human pride. Miners careful analysis of the often neglected Universal Law shows how Vico uses Augustine to articulate a new conception of natural law that mediates between the idealism of Plato and Aristotle and the realism of Tacitus and Machiavelli.

Vico emerges as a penetrating reader of traditional philosophy and philology, as well as a radical pioneer of modern historical consciousness. Miner also traces important connections between Vicos magnum opus, the New Science, and his earlier writings, arguing that the New Science is not merely a work of scientific history.

Miner contends that this work is more fundamentally a genealogy that enacts Ni



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