Through a Jewel, Darkly: A Reading of the Frontispiece of Giambattista Vico’s Scienza Nuova

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dc.contributor.author DeForest, Ben
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dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/33797
dc.description.abstract Abstract: This essay provides an interpretation of the frontispiece that adorns the 1730 and 1744 editions of Giambattista Vico’s Principj di Scienza Nuova, arguing that the beam of light depicted in the so-called dipintura should be read as an allusion to Isaac Newton’s discovery that white light “is a heterogeneous mixture of differently refrangible rays.” Vico’s championing of Newtonian optics is read as a response to an analogy that begins Descartes’s Rules for the Direction of the Mind, in which colored rays of light are compared to the various sciences. In borrowing the Cartesian metaphorics of light and colors and reconsidering this metaphorics in terms of a more current optical theory, Vico imagines a means for organizing human knowledge appropriate to the conditions of modernity that stands in stark contradistinction to that of Descartes. en
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dc.description.sponsorship Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe en
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dc.subject Frontispiece en
dc.subject The New Science en
dc.subject Vico, Giambattista (1668-1744) en
dc.title Through a Jewel, Darkly: A Reading of the Frontispiece of Giambattista Vico’s Scienza Nuova en
dc.type Article en

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