Della Pubblica Felicita: Oggetto de' Buoni Principi.

MURATORI, Lodovico Antonio (1672-1750).

Published by [s.n.], Lucca, 1749
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Title: Della Pubblica Felicita: Oggetto de' Buoni ...

Publisher: [s.n.], Lucca

Publication Date: 1749

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.


8vo (198 x 121mm). [xx], 460pp. Text in Italian. With extensive manuscript commentary in Italian to front-free endpaper referring to the text at the end of Chapter XVIII and for Chapter XIX (starting p. 265). Later paper boards, ms. title to spine, edges uncut (edges uniformly toned, occasional manuscript note; hinges loose). First Edition of Muratoriís most important economic work. While Muratori is perhaps best known for his work as a historian and archivist at the ducal library in Modena, there has also been a growing recognition of his contribution to economic thought, particularly with regard to his theory on financial policy. Nevertheless, Muratori was not immune to ëtypicallyí mercantilist misjudgments. Galiani subsequently attacked a maxim presented in the present work, which recommended that governments minimize the amount of money let out of the state while maximizing the amount imported. Della Pubblica Felicita (On Public Happiness) is one of the main works of the Enlightenment by moderate Catholic author. The work is a real manual of moderate reform, and set out to be an example of peace between the Enlightenment and Roman Catholicism. The work is part of a European environment which seemed relatively diplomatic. In 1748, one year before this printing, Europe had reached a fairly stable equilibrium; it was therefore possible to organize serious reforms that will make society less unjust. Muratori distinguishes the individual pursuit of happiness, which is typical human impulse, and that comes from nature but that can turn into vice, by public happiness which is always positive. The result is antimachiavellismo, a firm refusal to autonomy of politics from morality and religion. For Muratori intellectuals have a duty to help the enlightened princes assist in replacing the private good with the public happiness. Goldsmiths 8390; Kress 4973; Menger 711; not in Einaudi; see Palgrave II, p. 841 and Schumpeter, p. 364. Bookseller Inventory # 6581

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