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The Luigi Einaudi vs. Mauro Fasiani epistemological debate (1938-1943): the end of the italian tradition in Public Finance

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The epistemological debate between Luigi Einaudi and Mauro Fasiani is discussed herein by considering not only the essays published in journals, but also the private letters of the two discussants, notably Fasiani’s recently discovered unsent correspondence. Revisiting the entire discussion is of considerable interest for understanding the history of economic thought, not to mention the current relevance of the arguments raised, which relate to the different perspectives by which science may be considered and to the different answers to problems such as the cognitive capability of economic science and the relationship among science, value judg ments, and economic policies. The debate allows us to infer that in those years, Einaudi did not believe the theory of public finance to be independent of economic science, concluding that the Italian tradition was essentially over. On the contrary, Fasiani believed in the autonomy of the theory of public finance, and was the last scholar still working to build a unifying design covering the entire set of public interventions in the economy.

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  • Amedeo Fossati, 2014. "The Luigi Einaudi vs. Mauro Fasiani epistemological debate (1938-1943): the end of the italian tradition in Public Finance," STUDI ECONOMICI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(113), pages 5-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:steste:v:html10.3280/ste2014-113001
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    1. Board, Oliver, 2004. "Dynamic interactive epistemology," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 49-80, October.
    2. Amedeo Fossati, 2011. "The Italian Tradition in Public Finance: An Annotated Bibliography of Mauro Fasiani," STUDI ECONOMICI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2011(105), pages 5-122.
    3. Amedeo Fossati & Paolo Silvestri, 2012. "Un inedito dissidio epistemologico sui miti e paradossi della giustizia tributaria di einaudi: le lettere perdute di Mauro Fasiani," STUDI ECONOMICI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2012(108), pages 5-80.
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    • B13 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Neoclassical through 1925 (Austrian, Marshallian, Walrasian, Wicksellian)
    • B2 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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