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Horst Steinke


literary structure encompasses the entire work, it will provide the

necessary opportunities to address the three major topics out-

lined above at the points they make their appearance in the work.

Notes to the Introduction


Unless otherwise indicated, the 1744 edition is meant, in particular the

English translation as

The New Science of Giambattista Vico,

trans. by Th. G.

Bergin and M. H. Fisch, Ithaca-London, Cornell University Press, 1948; sec-

ond printing 1986). References will be shown by their paragraph numbers in

the body of the text rather than in the endnotes; as the translators explain in

their Preface, they follow Fausto Nicolini’s numbering of paragraphs (


, pp.

V-VIII, p. V). A more recent translation is

New Science. Principles of the New Sci-

ence concerning the Common Nature of Nations

, trans. by D. Marsh, London, Pen-

guin Books, 1999. See the review by D. Ph. Verene,

On Translating Vico: The

Penguin Classics Edition of the New Science

, in «New Vico Studies



referred to as «NVS


), 17, 1999, pp. 85-107.


G. Vico,

On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians, Including the Disputation

with the Giornale de’ letterati d’Italia

, trans. by L. M. Palmer, Ithaca-London, Cor-

nell University Press, 1988, p. 181.


See J. R. Goetsch Jr.,

Vico’s Axioms: The Geometry of the Human World,

New Haven-London, Yale University Press, 1995, to which more specific ref-

erence will be made later. As A. Battistini pointed out: «Vico means by the

geometric method something completely different from that of Descartes and

Spinoza» (Id.,

On the Encyclopedic Structure of the New Science

, in «NVS


12, 1994,

pp. 16-31, p. 22).


In order of appearance: S. Otto,

“Contextualidad” científica y “convertibilidad”

filosófica. La respuesta de la Scienza Nuova a la crisis epistemológica de la primera moder-


, trans. by L. Ch. Caballero, in «Cuadernos sobre Vico


(henceforth refer-

red to as «CsV


, online at <>

), 15-16,

2003, pp. 163-177, p. 165; G. Cacciatore,

Vico: Narración histórica y narración fan-


, trans. by J. Sánchez Espillaque, in «CsV


23-24, 2009-2010, pp. 15-31,

p. 26; F. Botturi,

Ermeneutica del mito ed esperienza etica in Giambattista Vico

, in

Pensar para el nuevo siglo. Giambattista Vico y la cultura europea

, vol. II, ed. by E.

Hidalgo-Serna, M. Marassi, J.M. Sevilla, J. Villalobos, Naples, La Città del

Sole, 2001, pp. 275-294, pp. 275-276; B. A. Haddock,

Heroes and the Law: Vico

on the Foundations of Political Order

, in «NVS


19, 2001, pp. 29-41, p. 32.


Mazzotta’s comments about Benedetto Croce’s views in this matter basi-

cally might also apply to other students of the question: «In placing Vico’s re-