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Vico, Giovanni Battista

(Giambattista; 1668–1744). Philos., hist., jurisprudent; b. Naples, It.; prof. Naples 1699. Tried to put rationalism into its proper place and perspective; prepared the way for historicism*; held that the God-concept is the speculative means for regarding things not only acc. to their facticity and appearance but also acc. to their ground and meaning. Works include Principi di una Scienza nouva d'intorno alla commune natura delle nazione. See also Philosophy.

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