This creative text is the result of a scholarly struggle with the meaning over the context of a social theory of law. It examines the philosophical, sociological and jurisprudential aspects of Gambattista Vico's theory of law. It addresses his philosophical confrontation and engagement with important thinkers such as: Hobbes, Leibniz and Spinoza and the configuration of this thought with modern thinkers such as Gadamer and Deleuze.
Foreword by Giuseppe Mazzotta; Introduction; 1. Paradox and Origin: On the Structure of Legal; Communication; Paradox and Legal Theory; Nature / Culture and Legal Communication; The Mysterious Origins of Legal Authority; The Autonomy of Law and the Emergence of Legal Conceptuality; 2. History, Law and Hermeneutic Self-Reference; Introduction; The Framing of Vico's Interpretation in Nineteenth Century; Benedetto Croce and Vico; Gadamer, Vico, and the Decline of the Humanist Tradition; Historically Effected Consciousness and the Hermeneutic Re-collection of Sensus Communis; Humanism and the Interpretive Vehicle of Vico's Conatus; Conclusion: Hermeneutics and Vico's Texts; 3. Self-Mastery and the Conversion of Force: An Ethics of Freedom; Introduction; Words and Things: Philology Defined; Etymologies of Conatus; The Context of Conatus; Baroque En-folding: Leibniz and Conatus Accounting for Freedom:; Spinoza's Notion of Conatus; 4. The Social Metaphysics of Law: Vico's Communicative Body; and the Paradoxical Grounding of Freedom and Authority; On the Concept of the Baroque; Leibniz and Monadology; Motion and the Monad; The Vichian Concept of Conatus; The Engendering Power of Ingenium; 5. The Creative Formation and Foundation of Society's Law: On; the Nature of Poetic Wisdom; The Transition to Poetry as Source and Method; The Signigicance of Homer; Poetry in the New Science; Idea of the Locus, Wisdom, and Poetic Theology; The Cyclopean Age; Poetry, Knowledge, and the Myth of Jove; 6. Between Freedom and Authority: Vico's History of Roman Law; Introduction; The Significance of Roman Constitution History; AND MORE.