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Giambattista Vico
(1668-1744) born on
Jun 23
Italian philosopher. He is recognized today as a forerunner of cultural anthropology, or ethnology.
         
   
F
Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race.

R
It is true that men themselves made this world of nations. . . but this world without doubt has issued from a mind often diverse, at times quite contrary, and always superior to the particular ends that men had proposed to themselves.
A
Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.
N
The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.
K
Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The New Science," bk. 1, para. 142, ed. 1744; tr. 1984.
R: "The New Science," Conclusion, para. 1108, ed. 1744; tr. 1984.
A: "The New Science," bk. 1, para. 144, ed. 1744; tr. 1984.
N: "The New Science," bk. 1, para. 242, ed. 1744; tr. 1984.
K: "The New Science," bk. 1, para. 241, ed. 1744; tr. 1984.
   


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