Vico's Cultural History: The Production and Transmission of Ideas in Naples, 1685-1750

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 328 pages
A study of the cultural world of Giambattista Vico, one of the most creative social theorists of the eighteenth century. Based on extensive manuscript as well as printed materials, and relying on the methods of book and publishing history, this volume describes Vico's intellectual community. Special attention is paid to the interaction between scholars and Naples' vibrant operatic and artistic community. The first part of the book investigates a controversy concerning an inquisitorial investigation, Neapolitan travel literature, the papers of a scientific academy, and the patronage system for book publication. The second part describes the cultural context of Vico's writings and especially the three editions of "The New Science," This work explains the accomplishments that made Naples one of the great cultural centers of the early Enlightenment.
 

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Contents

Printing and Reading in Naples in the Late 1680s
1
The Index and the Atomists
24
Travel Literature
72
The Academy Founded by Medina Coeli
93
The End of Spanish Hapsburg Rule in Naples
110
An Italian Perspective on Neapolitan Publishing and Thinking
156
Vicos First Published Scholarly Works and his Friendship
180
Printing for the Different Reading Publics in Naples
196
The New Style of Vinci and the New Science of Vwo
230
Newtonians and the History
267
Codas and IMS Works
292
Index of Manuscripts
319
Index of Modern Sources
326
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About the author (1997)

Harold Samuel Stone, Ph.D. (1981) from the Committee of Social Thought at the University of Chicago, is an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo. He has published essays on early modern intellectual history and is a co-author of a translation of Montesquieu's "The Spirit of the Laws."

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