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The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself

Donald Phillip Verene


This first study of Giambattista Vico's highly original autobiography discusses its place in the history of the genre. This book views the Autobiography as a work in which Vico applies the principles of human history discussed in his New Science, making the telling of his own life an application and verification of his philosophy. The book places Vico's book within the general development of the genre, considering it in relation to Augustine's Confessions, Descartes's Discourse, and Rousseau's Confessions. The book shows Vico to be not only the founder of the philosophy of history, but also th ... More

Keywords: Giambattista Vico, Autobiography, history, genre, New Science, philosophy, self-narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239000
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Phillip Verene, author
Emory University, Atlanta