Philological paths: critical editions of Vico, Vallisneri and Cattaneo

Critical Edition of the Works of G.B.Vico

The project for the critical edition of the complete works of Giambattista Vico, now published by Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura in Rome, was presented by Pietro Piovani in 1972, and arose from the need to return to the original Vico texts by amending them from the arbitrary interventions introduced by Benedetto Croce and especially Fausto Nicolini. Indeed, Croce’s and Nicolini’s work conditioned and directed the reading of Vico by subsequent generations of scholars, accustoming them to a completely modernized spelling, to absolutely comprehensible punctuation, to a single typeface with no diversifications. Their first and foremost aim, in fact, was to offer a ‘readable’ Vico. However – as the work on the various versions of the Scienza nuova in particular demonstrates – this communicative intent ended up paying the price of a substantial standardisation of Vico’s thought, which emphasised its homogeneity without complexity. The Vico editions that followed Nicolini’s work were affected by this same approach for a long time. On the contrary, the approach inaugurated by the ISPF’s Critical Edition was thus based on the rejection of the model provided by Nicolini to the advantage of the original editions, in order to directly confront the pathologies and problems they raise.

Person in charge

Manuela Sanna

National Commission of Critical Edition of Works of G.B.Vico

Fulvio Tessitore (President), Manuela Sanna (Scientific Coordinator)
Giuseppe Cacciatore, Claudio Cesa †, Antonio Garzya †, Giuseppe Giarrizzo †, Enrico Nuzzo, Giovanni Polara, Jurgen Trabant

The programme of critical editions edited by the ISPF is marked by rigorous editorial criteria in line with the most up-to-date conception of ecdotical work applied to classical texts.

Critical Edition of the Works of A. Vallisneri

The National Edition Project, ongoing at the Editore Olschki in Florence, includes the publication of all Vallisneri’s works for a total of over 40 volumes, an inventory and the online edition of the correspondence. Each edition is accompanied by a historical-critical commentary apparatus that highlights the explicit and implicit bio-bibliographical references, and contains an introduction illustrating the characteristics and meaning of the text in the light of the author’s thought and works and placing it in the context of the debate of its time. In addition to this, a section, called ‘Biblioteca dell’Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Antonio Vallisneri’ (Library of the National Edition of the Works by Antonio Vallisneri), hosts the volumes containing the studies and materials functional to the editorial work. A website ( was conceived and realised as a point of reference and documentary support for the research activity connected to the Project and as a continuously updated information centre on the author, his scientific environment and the initiatives promoted by the National Edition.

Person in charge

Dario Generali

National Commission Critical Edition Works of A. Vallisneri

Guido Canziani (President), Maria Teresa Monti (Secretary Treasurer), Dario Generali (Scientific Coordinator)
Gino Badini †, Walter Bernardi, Marino Buscaglia, Marta Cavazza, Bernardino Fantini, Maurizio Festanti, Benedino Gemelli, Francesco Luzzini, Paola Manzini †, Renato Mazzolini, Gianni Micheli, Ernesto Milano, Giorgio Montecchi, Mariafranca Spallanzani

Critical Edition of the Works of C. Cattaneo

Thanks to a recent agreement with the Italo-Swiss Committee for the publication of the Carlo Cattaneo’s Works, the ISPF has launched the critical edition of the writings published in the first series of the ‘Politecnico’, the journal published by the Milanese intellectual between 1839 and 1844. This work benefits from an active synergy with the Museo del Risorgimento – which houses an important part of Cattaneo’s writings -, with the Lombardy Academy of Science and Letters, and with the Departments of History and Philosophy of the State University of Milan.

Person in charge

Geri Cerchiai

National Commission Critical Edition Works of C. Cattaneo

Carlo G. Lacaita (President), Piergaetano Marchetti (Secretary-Treasurer)
Carlo Agliati, Maria Luisa Betri, Mariachiara Fugazza, Francesca Virginia Geymonat, Alberto Martinelli, Marco Meriggi, Carlo Moos, Antonio Padoa Schioppa


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La scienza nuova 1725

Opere di Giambattista Vico, VII

De nostri Temporis studiorum ratione

Opere di Giambattista Vico, III

Le iscrizioni e composizioni latine

Opere di Giambattista Vico, XII,2

La Scienza nuova 1744

Opere di Giambattista Vico, IX

La congiura dei principi napoletani. 1701

Opere di Giambattista Vico, II/1

Le gesta di Antonio Carafa

Opere di Giambattista Vico, II/2

Minora. Scritti latini storici e d’occasione

Opere di Giambattista Vico, II/3

La Scienza nuova 1730

Opere di Giambattista Vico, VIII

Le orazioni inaugurali

Opere di Giambattista Vico, I

Istoria della generazione, vol. XII

Antonio Vallisneri, n. 3

Quaderni di osservazioni, vol. II

Antonio Vallisneri, n. III

Epistolario, vol. III

Antonio Vallisneri, n. 1

Consulti medici, vol. I

Antonio Vallisneri, n. II

Quaderni di osservazioni, vol. I

Antonio Vallisneri, n. 1