Giambattista Vico was an Italian political philosopher and rhetorician, historian and jurist, of the Age of Enlightenment. He criticized the expansion and development of modern rationalism, was an apologist for Classical Antiquity, a precursor of systematic and complex thought, in opposition to Cartesian analysis and other types of reductionism, and was the first expositor of the fundamentals of social science and of semiotics.
|Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race.|
|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.|
|The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.||Nature|
|The universal principle of etymology in all languages: words are carried over from bodies and from the properties of bodies to express the things of the mind and spirit. The order of ideas must follow the order of things.|
|Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.||Truth|