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    Penguin Classics: New Science

    By: Giambattista Vico

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    Although Vico (1668-1744) lived his whole life as an obscure academic in Naples, his 'New Science' is an astonishingly ambitious attempt to decode the history, mythology and law of the ancient world. It argues that the key to true understanding lies in accepting that the customs and emotional lives of the Greeks and Romans, Egyptians, Jews and Babylonians, were utterly different from our own. In examining these huge themes, Vico offers countless fresh insights into topics ranging from physics to (poetic) politics, money to monsters, and family structures to the Flood. Deeply influential since the dawn of Romanticism, the 'New Science' even inspired the framework for Joyce's 'Ulysses'. This powerful new translation makes it clear why this work marked a turning-point in humanist thinking as significance as Newton's contemporary revolution in physics.

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