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An Economic Approach To The Study Of Law In The Eighteenth Century: Gaetano Filangieri And La Scienza Della Legislazione




This work presents the elements of economic analysis of law that occur in the thought of Gaetano Filangieri. In the pages of La Scienza della Legislazione the Neapolitan writer develops a utilitarian and economic investigation that pays attention to the judgments individuals make over social phenomena at the margin point. A proof of this development can be found in the explanation of the principle of decreasing marginal utility, argued in Head XXXI of Book III, which represents one of the most effective demonstrations that can be found before the end of nineteenth-century literature. The most remarkable fact is that, of all the five parts that compose the Filangierian work, the most rich in economic arguments is dedicated to “Criminal Laws.”

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  • Simon, Fabrizio, 2011. "An Economic Approach To The Study Of Law In The Eighteenth Century: Gaetano Filangieri And La Scienza Della Legislazione," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 33(02), pages 223-248, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jhisec:v:33:y:2011:i:02:p:223-248_00

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    1. Balzano, Maria Silvia & Vecchione, Gaetano & Zamagni, Vera, 2018. "Contemporary of every age: Gaetano Filangieri between public happiness and institutional economics," MPRA Paper 84538, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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