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The New Art of AutobiographyAn Essay on the Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself$
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Donald Phillip Verene

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.001.0001

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Augustine's Confessions and Descartes's Discourse

Augustine's Confessions and Descartes's Discourse

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The New Art of Autobiography


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This chapter examines Saint Augustine's Confessions and Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method in relation to Giambattista Vico's Autobiography. It investigates what light the Confessions might throw on how to understand Vico's project. It also discusses Vico's decision not to mention the Confessions in his own autobiography and his efforts to invent the true art of autobiography against the feigned autobiography of Descartes.

Keywords:   autobiography, Giambattista Vico, Saint Augustine, Confessions, Rene Descartes, Discourse on the Method

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