Donald Phillip Verene

Donald Phillip Verene is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Vico Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

He was Editor, Philosophy and Rhetoric, 1976-1987; Chair, Department of Philosophy, Emory University, 1982-1988; Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford, 1988. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters  from Knox College, 1990, and was Visiting Scholar, University of Rome, "La Sapienza," 1996.

He was Director of "Barbarism, Memory, and Rhetoric: Giambattista Vico's New Science," a ten-week seminar held at The Folger Institute of the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., 1994. 

Four lectures he delivered in Naples, on "Vico in the Anglo-Saxon World," at the Istituto per gli Studi Filosofici, were published as Vico nel mondo anglosassone (La Città del Sole, 1995).

He was awarded the Galileo Prize (Pisa) in 1998. In 2005 he was elected Fellow of the Italian national academy of the arts and sciences, Accademia dei Lincei (founded 1630), Rome.

Selected Publications:

Symbol, Myth and Culture: Essays and Lecturers of Ernst Cassirer 1935-1945 (Yale University Press, 1981)

Vico and Joyce, ed. (State University of New York Press, 1987).

Vico's Philosophy of Imagination (Cornell University Press, 1981, reissued 1991).

Hegel's Recollection: A Study of Images in the Phenomenology of Spirit (State University of New York Press, 1985).

The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the 'Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself' (Oxford University Press, 1991).

The Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms, volume 4 of The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, by Ernst Cassirer.  Co-edited with John Michael Krois (Yale University Press, 1996).

Philosophy and the Return to Self-Knowledge (Yale University Press, 1997). 

The Art of Humane Education (Cornell University Press, 2002)

Knowledge of Things Human and Divine: Vico's New Science and Finnegans Wake (Yale University Press, 2003)


Ann Hartle is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.  She has been Associate Director of the Institute since 1991. 


Selected Publications:

The Modern Self in Rousseau's Confessions: A Reply to St. Augustine (University of Notre Dame Press, 1983).

Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry into the Nature of Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1986).

Self-Knowledge in the Age of Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997).

Michel de Montaigne: Accidental Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2003).


Molly Black Verene manages many of the Institute's administrative tasks, and maintains Vico: A Bibliography of Works in English from 1884.


Timothy D. Harfield is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University. He has presented several papers on various aspects of Vico's work, and is preparing a dissertation on Vico and his relationship to philosophers of the Italian Renaissance