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The New Art of AutobiographyAn Essay on the Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself$
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Donald Phillip Verene

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.001.0001

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Conclusion: Vico's Art

Conclusion: Vico's Art

(p.208) 6 Conclusion: Vico's Art
The New Art of Autobiography


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Giambattista Vico's Autobiography. In writing his autobiography Vico has devised a new art to write his own life and he invented philosophical history which he called the new science concerning the common nature of nations. The results also suggests that Vico's aims in his New Science was not to produce a special kind of knowledge but to produce a complete speech about the human world that can bring the reader back to the most powerful maxims of humanity and history.

Keywords:   Giambattista Vico, Autobiography, philosophical history, New Science, human world, humanity

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