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Giambattista Vico
Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race.

Giambattista Vico
The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.

Giambattista Vico
Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.

Giambattista Vico
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.

Giambattista Vico
Metaphysics abstracts the mind from the senses, and the poetic faculty must submerge the whole mind in the senses. Metaphysics soars up to universals, and the poetic faculty must plunge deep into particulars.