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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 New Science: The Life of Nations

The New Science: The Life of Nations

(p.145) 6 The New Science: The Life of Nations
Knowledge of Things Human and Divine

Donald Phillip Verene

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the New Science, the first book of which concerns not only the aim of the work but also the difficulty of the means of finding a new science. His wanderings in pedagogy, metaphysics, and jurisprudence bring him finally into a new country, where everything looks old, even familiar. In the First New Science, the means have finally been found. In the Second New Science, they have been fixed and perfected. Vico says: “But in the night of thick darkness enveloping the earliest antiquity, so remote from ourselves there shines the eternal and never failing light of a truth beyond all question: that the world of civil society has certainly been made by men, and that its principles are therefore to be found within the modifications of our own human mind.”

Keywords:   new science, pedagogy, metaphysics, jurisprudence, civil society, human mind

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