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The Idea of Autobiography

DONALD PHILLIP VERENE

in The New Art of Autobiography

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.003.0002
The Idea of Autobiography

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This chapter examines the idea of autobiography in relation to Giambattista Vico's Autobiography. It provides informative remarks concerning the study of autobiography and the extent to which Vico has and has not figured in it. It discusses the particular idea that led to the publication of Vico's autobiography itself and suggests that the Vichian conception of autography is derived from the ancient problem of self-knowledge.

Keywords: autobiography; Giambattista Vico; self-knowledge; autobiographical study; Vichian idea

Chapter.  18838 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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