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Giambattista Vico on Natural Law
Rhetoric, Religion and Sensus Communis





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ISBN 9780367671310
December 17, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
132 Pages

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This book introduces the thought of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) into the discussion about natural law. For many critics, natural law is not natural but a façade behind which lurks the supernatural – that is, revealed religion. While current notions of natural law are based on either Aristotelian/Thomistic principles or on Enlightenment rationalism, the book shows how Vico was the only natural law thinker to draw on the Roman legal tradition, rather than on Greek or Enlightenment philosophy. Specifically, the book addresses how Vico, drawing his inspiration from Roman history, incorporated both rhetoric and religion into a dynamic concept of natural law grounded in what he called the sensus communis: the entire repertoire of values, images, institutions, and even prejudices that a community takes for granted. Vico denied that natural law could ever furnish a definitive answer to moral problems in the social/public sphere. Rather he maintained that such problems had to be debated in the wider arena of the sensus communis. For Vico, as this book argues, natural law principles emerged from these debates; they did not resolve them.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS





ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS





INTRODUCTION









  1. EXCAVATING ROMAN LEGAL HISTORY






  2. CHAPTER ONE: VICO’S LEGAL MILIEU





    CHAPTER TWO: VICO’S UNIVERSAL LAW: RELIGION, RHETORIC AND THE ROMAN PARADIGM





    CHAPTER THREE: NATURAL LAW IN THE FIRST NEW SCIENCE





    CHAPTER FOUR: NATURAL LAW LAND THE REVISED NEW SCIENCE





    CHAPTER FIVE: REPRISE: THE SENSES OF THE SENSUS COMMUNIS







  3. NATURAL LAW AND SENSUS COMMUNIS






CHAPTER SIX: THE ARISTOTELIAN-THOMIST TRADITION





CHAPTER SEVEN: VICO’S PLACE IN THE NATURAL LAW TRADITION





CHAPTER EIGHT: CONCLUSION: NATURAL LAW IN THE BARBARISM OF REFLECTION





BIBLIOGRAPHY



INDEX





 



 

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Biography

John Schaeffer is Emeritus Professor of English at Northern Illinois, US