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The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744)

The Early Metaphysics v. 1. Studies in the history of philosophy 23

By (author) John Milbank
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1990
Dimensions: w 159mm h 240mm d 25mm
Weight: 658g
ISBN-10: 0773496947
ISBN-13: 9780773496941
Barcode No: 9780773496941
In this two-volume work, the author argues that the avant-garde features of Giambattista Vico's thought stem directly from his engagement with theological traditions, and his concern to develop a Catholic apologetic. This claim is established through a thorough engagement with all Vico's texts. This first volume deals with Vico's early writings, where he makes his fullest statements concerning humanist vision and Christian metaphysics. It focuses on Vico's baffling but intriguing outline of a metaphysics in the "De Antiquissima Italiorum Sapientia". Hints are given concerning the import of the metaphysics for the later writings, and the study argues that Vico's thought represents an "alternative" theological modernism, at once more radical and more orthodox than the proposals of Kant and Hegel.

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