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Knowledge of Things Human and Divine: Vico's New Science and "Finnegans Wake"

Donald Phillip Verene

Abstract

This book examines in full the interconnections between Giambattista Vico's new science and James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Maintaining that Joyce is the greatest modern “interpreter” of Vico, it demonstrates how images from Joyce's work offer keys to Vico's philosophy. The book presents the entire course of Vico's philosophical thought as it develops in his major works, with Joyce's words and insights serving as a guide. The book devotes a chapter to each period of Vico's thought, from his early orations on education to his anti-Cartesian metaphysics and his conception of universal law, culmina ... More

Keywords: Giambattista Vico, new science, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, orations on education, anti-Cartesian metaphysics, universal law, history of nations, interconnections, Vico's philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300099584
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099584.001.0001

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Donald Phillip Verene, author

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