The New Map of the World

The New Map of the World : The Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico

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Studying the great Italian philosopher of history, Giambattista Vico, this book aims to show how much understanding he can bring to contemporary social problems. It emphasizes the place of poetry in Vico's educational project, which links literature, history, religion, philosophy, and politics. Beginning with Vico's autobiography, the author explores the philosopher's attempt to unite the arts and sciences as he attempted to bring some kind of political unity to modern society. He examines the interaction of the issues that fascinated him: his educational and political project, his sense of the necessity for a new way of conceiving authority, and his belief in the power of poetry.
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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 197 x 254 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone
  • 0691001804
  • 9780691001807

Table of contents

Preface Ch. 1 The Life of a Philosopher Ch. 2 The Idea of the University Ch. 3 The Historian of Modernity Ch. 4 A Poetic Encyclopedia Ch. 5 From the Myth of Egypt to the Gaia Scienza Ch. 6 The Homeric Question Ch. 7 The Theater of the Law Ch. 8 The Political Philosophers Ch. 9 The Ricorso: A New Way of Seeing Ch. 10 The Bible Primary Sources Index
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Mazzotta has presented us with a fascinating portrait of a complex philosopher... Mazzotta's sure understanding of the texts at issue, coupled with a forceful prose style, makes this book required reading for anyone trying to understand Vico's encyclopedic thought. -- James B. South International Philosophical Quarterly
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