Faculty Book: Barbara Ann Naddeo
Barbara Ann Naddeo
Vico and Naples: The Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory
(Cornell University Press, 2011)
Winner of the Barzun Prize in Cultural History, Vico and Naples provides an intellectual portrait of the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668–1744) that reveals the politics and motivations of one of Europe’s first scientists of society. Rich with period detail and attentive to Vico’s historical, rhetorical, and jurisprudential texts, this work provides a compelling and vivid reconstruction of Vico’s life and times and of the origins of his powerful notion of the social. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that Vico was a solitary figure, Naddeo recovers a Vico who was keenly attuned to the social changes transforming the political culture of his native city and shows that his experiences of civic crises shaped his inquiry into the origins and development of human society. Barbara Ann Naddeo (Assoc. Prof., City) is on the doctoral faculty in history.
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Submitted on: SEP 25, 2012