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Luxury and Public HappinessPolitical Economy in the Italian Enlightenment$
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Till Wahnbaeck

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.001.0001

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The Origins of Political Economy in Italy

The Origins of Political Economy in Italy

(p.55) 3 The Origins of Political Economy in Italy
Luxury and Public Happiness


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This chapter describes how the European luxury debate reached Italy. It also discusses how the debate was first assimilated in the context of enlightened Catholicism. It sketches the development of the unique Neapolitan discussion to clarify the establishment of political economy and the interplay between moral and economic languages in 18th-century Italy. It focuses on Antonio Genovesi and Ferdinando Galiani, but goes back to the beginning of the century and to Paolo Mattia Doria and Carlo Antonio Broggia to place their thought into its local intellectual context.

Keywords:   European luxury debate, Italy, Catholicism, Neapolitan discussion, political economy, Antonio Genovesi, Ferdinando Galiani, Paolo Mattia Doria, Carlo Antonio Broggia

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