ON THE CONCEPT OF ECONOMIA CIVILE AND â€œFELICITAS PUBLICAâ€: A COMMENT ON FEDERICO Dâ€™ONOFRIO
Luigino Bruni ()
Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2017, vol. 39, issue 2, 273-279
In â€œOn the Concept of â€˜Felicitas Publicaâ€™ in Eighteenth-Century Political Economy,â€ a recent paper in this journal, Federico Dâ€™Onofrio strongly criticizes the interpretation that Luigino Bruni and Stefano Zamagni have offered of the eighteenth-century Neapolitan tradition of civil economy and public happiness, as articulated by Antonio Genovesi. Dâ€™Onofrio claims that Bruni and colleagues have not fully explored the political meaning of public happiness within eighteenth-century economics, and that Bruni unfairly criticized methodological individualism on the basis of the intrinsically social character of happiness. This paper is a reply to Dâ€™Onofrio.
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