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Donald Phillip Verene

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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The Universal Law: Jurisprudence

The Universal Law: Jurisprudence

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(p.119) 5 The Universal Law: Jurisprudence
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Knowledge of Things Human and Divine
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Donald Phillip Verene

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099584.003.0005

This chapter discusses the focus of Vico's later work, moral philosophy in its broadest sense, as a science of law, custom, and history, a science of the human world. The first step in this process is his original conception of jurisprudence, developed in his three books of Universal Law, published in the 1720s, which led to the first and second versions of the New Science. To create his conception of jurisprudence as the key to the comprehension of the human world, Vico had to discover a way to pass between philosophy and philology—the two great approaches to a knowledge of the human world—and to find a resolution for the fundamental opposition between them.

Keywords:   moral philosophy, Vico's later work, science of law, jurisprudence, human world, philosophy, philology

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