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Vico & the New Right

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This is my lecture “Giambattista Vico and Modern Anti-Liberalism,” delivered at the London Forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

Vico’s main work is the New Science (3rd edition), which you should read in the Bergin and Fisch translation. (Avoid the Penguin translation.) The best introductory book on Vico for New Rightists is Mark Lilla, G. B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern.

Here is the New Yorker cartoon that I somewhat misremembered:




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  1. Eos
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    If you believe Vico was right and Guénon was wrong, you ought to change the statements on the ‘about’ page so there are no misunderstandings about the main influences on your website.

  2. Posted October 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Also present at the conference was Mark Weber, who gave a talk ‘The End of the American Century and Prospects for the Future’

  3. Catiline
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Nice summary of Vico. I believe he was less obscure than is claimed here. De Maistre quotes him, Goethe was familiar with him and Michelet was influenced by him, even going so far as to learn Italian in order to read his works.

    Listening to this talk makes me appreciate just how unique, in a New Right sort of way, Vico was.

    Vico’s relativizing of time is one of the things that sets him apart as a proto-New Right thinker. Linear time is uniform and “egalitarian”. Cyclical time is qualitative and hierarchical.

    And Vico’s concept of il corso e’ ricorso is of great value in finding your bearings in a barbarous age, as well as an excellent and effective means of maintaining-even improving-your morale.

  4. JJJ
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Vico’s theory of culture sounds almost identical to Nietzsche’s Apollo and Dionysus.

  5. TidyTim
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for this Greg, kudos.

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