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Giambattista Vico

1668 - 1744

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Giambattista Vico (born Giovan Battista Vico ; Italian: [ˈviko]; 23 June 1668 – 23 January 1744) was an Italian philosopher, rhetorician, historian, and jurist during the Italian Enlightenment. He criticized the expansion and development of modern rationalism, finding Cartesian analysis and other types of reductionism impractical to human life, and he was an apologist for classical antiquity and the Renaissance humanities, in addition to being the first expositor of the fundamentals of social science and of semiotics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giambattista Vico has received more than 643,384 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Giambattista Vico is the 132nd most popular philosopher (down from 123rd in 2019), the 285th most popular biography from Italy (down from 254th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Giambattista Vico is most famous for his theory of the cyclical nature of history.

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Among philosophers, Giambattista Vico ranks 132 out of 1,081Before him are Tommaso Campanella, Marsilio Ficino, Mozi, Chanakya, Oswald Spengler, and Emanuel Swedenborg. After him are Bonaventure, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, and John Rawls.

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Among people born in 1668, Giambattista Vico ranks 1After him are François Couperin, Alain-René Lesage, Herman Boerhaave, Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, Sultan Husayn, John George IV, Elector of Saxony, Francesco Gasparini, Louis, Prince of Condé, Apostolo Zeno, and Petr Brandl. Among people deceased in 1744, Giambattista Vico ranks 2Before him is Anders Celsius. After him are Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, Alexander Pope, Giuseppe Guarneri, André Campra, Leonardo Leo, Marie Anne de Mailly, John Theophilus Desaguliers, and Johann Heinrich Schulze.

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Among people born in Italy, Giambattista Vico ranks 285 out of 4,668Before him are Paolo Uccello (1475), Lucius Tarquinius Priscus (-700), Alessandro Scarlatti (1660), Pierre Cardin (1922), Benvenuto Cellini (1500), and Pope Adrian II (792). After him are Cosimo de' Medici (1389), Bonaventure (1221), Carlo Ancelotti (1959), Giuseppe Meazza (1910), Luigi Pirandello (1867), and Pope Nicholas I (800).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Giambattista Vico ranks 14Before him are Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), Tommaso Campanella (1568), and Marsilio Ficino (1433). After him are Bonaventure (1221), Cesare Beccaria (1738), Hippasus (-600), Marsilius of Padua (1275), Benedetto Croce (1866), and Giorgio Agamben (1942).