From Library Journal
$8.95. phil Italian philosopher and social theorist Vico (1668-1744) is best known for his Principles of a New Science Concerning the Common Nature of All Nations (1725), which aimed to discover the laws governing the formation, development, and decay of societies. This earlier work marks Vico's transition from rhetorician to philosopher of history. All that remains of a projected three-volume work on metaphysics, logic, and ethics, it gives significant insight into the early thoughts of one of the first truly modern thinkers in Western intellectual tradition. Palmer's excellent introduction illustrates its historical significance by placing it in a wider historical context. For academic libraries. Raymond Frey, Bergen Community Coll., Paramus, N.J.
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"This work gives significant insight into the early thoughts of one of the first truly modern thinkers in Western intellectual tradition. Palmer's excellent introduction illustrates its historical significance by placing it in a wider context."—Library Journal
"Until now, the Latin treatise in which Vico first set forth his theory of knowledge and of metaphysics, On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians, has never had a complete rendering into English. Lucia Palmer in this volume has provided a welcome translation not only of the treatise, but also of a series of exchanges concerning it (1711–12) between Vico and the Giornale de' letterati d'Italia. It contains the fullest statement of Vico's principle that the true and the made are interchangeable."—Seventeenth-Century News
"This is a work of the first importance on its own account, and it should gain attention from students of Descartes and Malbranche (among Vico's predecessors) and students of Collingwood (among his successors). Palmer's translation of the associated controversial discussions adds greatly to the value of the English edition."—H. S. Harris, York University