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Economia civile and pubblica felicita in the Italian Enlightenment

Economia civile and pubblica felicita in the Italian Enlightenment Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta by Antonio Genovesi’s term economia civile; it is a conception that can be traced easily through the Italian tradition in later periods well into the nineteenth century. Pubblica felicità and economia civile are the terms that best describe and qualify the system of political economy developing in Italy particularly during the latter half of the eighteenth century. As indicated above, we shall limit the discussion in this essay to the Milanese and the Neapolitan cases: the former group mainly reflects an emphasis on happiness and, more particularly, on public happiness; the latter is known for its peculiar use of the phrase civil economy. This statement, however, holds within limits, for the two terms do in fact apply in some sense to both the Milanese and the Neapolitan experience, as we shall see. Newtonianism had a role in the development of political economy in Italy throughout the eighteenth century. At the same time, however, it would be impossible to understand the relationship between Italian political economy and the Scientific Revolution without taking the Italian tradition of physics and mechanics, and in particular the contribution of Galileo, into account. The main achievement of Galileo, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Political Economy Duke University Press

Economia civile and pubblica felicita in the Italian Enlightenment

History of Political Economy , Volume 35 (Suppl 1) – Jan 1, 2003

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0018-2702
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1527-1919
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Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta by Antonio Genovesi’s term economia civile; it is a conception that can be traced easily through the Italian tradition in later periods well into the nineteenth century. Pubblica felicità and economia civile are the terms that best describe and qualify the system of political economy developing in Italy particularly during the latter half of the eighteenth century. As indicated above, we shall limit the discussion in this essay to the Milanese and the Neapolitan cases: the former group mainly reflects an emphasis on happiness and, more particularly, on public happiness; the latter is known for its peculiar use of the phrase civil economy. This statement, however, holds within limits, for the two terms do in fact apply in some sense to both the Milanese and the Neapolitan experience, as we shall see. Newtonianism had a role in the development of political economy in Italy throughout the eighteenth century. At the same time, however, it would be impossible to understand the relationship between Italian political economy and the Scientific Revolution without taking the Italian tradition of physics and mechanics, and in particular the contribution of Galileo, into account. The main achievement of Galileo,

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