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The ideal of good government in Luigi Einaudi's Thought and Life: Between Law and Freedom


  • Silvestri, Paolo


I will argue here that Einaudi's thought reveals an awareness that the question of freedom has to do with two inter-related problems: the relation of individuals or communities with their respective limits and the question of going beyond these limits. Limits are to be understood here in the meaning of the foundation or conditions of possibility both of institutions (economic, political and juridical) and of thought and human action.

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  • Silvestri, Paolo, 2012. "The ideal of good government in Luigi Einaudi's Thought and Life: Between Law and Freedom," MPRA Paper 55351, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:55351

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    1. Silvestri, Paolo, 2007. "Rileggendo Einaudi e Croce: spunti per un liberalismo fondato su un’antropologia della libertà
      [Re-reading Einaudi and Croce: hints for a liberalism founded on an anthropology of freedom]
      ," MPRA Paper 59612, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
    2. Paolo Silvestri, 2008. "On Einaudi's Liberal Heritage," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 16(1-2), pages 245-252.
    3. von Hayek, Friedrich August, 1989. "The Pretence of Knowledge," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 79(6), pages 3-7, December.
    4. Francesco Forte & Roberto Marchionatti, 2012. "Luigi Einaudi's economics of liberalism," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 587-624, August.
    5. Silvestri, Paolo, 2010. "Veritas, Auctoritas, Lex. Scienza economica e sfera pubblica: sulla normatività del 'Terzo'
      [Veritas, Auctoritas, Lex. Economic Science and Public Sphere: On the Normativity of the 'Third']
      ," MPRA Paper 59538, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2009.
    6. Silvestri, Paolo, 2006. "Il buon governo nel pensiero di Einaudi e Mosca: tra governo della legge e governo degli uomini
      [The good government in the thought of Einaudi and Mosca: between ‘rule of law’ and ‘rule of men’]
      ," MPRA Paper 59942, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
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    1. Silvestri, Paolo, 2012. "Il paradigma dell’imprenditore in una società liberale: tra prudenza e rischio-innovazione. Sulla parabola einaudiana del ‘Principe mercante’
      [The paradigm of the entrepreneur in a liberal society,
      ," MPRA Paper 59952, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2012.
    2. Silvestri, Paolo, 2018. "Welfare State and Taxation. The Critical Point of Freedom Between Gift and Corruption," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201803, University of Turin.
    3. Paolo Silvestri, 2016. "Disputed (Disciplinary) Boundaries: Philosophy, Economics and Value Judgments," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 24(3), pages 187-221.
    4. Silvestri, Paolo, 2015. "Disputed (Disciplinary) Boundaries. Philosophy, Economics, Value Judgments," CESMEP Working Papers 201504, University of Turin.
    5. Silvestri, Paolo, 2012. "Il pareggio di bilancio: La testimonianza di Luigi Einaudi: tra predica e libertà
      [Balanced budget: Luigi Einaudi's testimony: between preaching and freedom]
      ," MPRA Paper 59550, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2011.
    6. Silvestri, Paolo, 2015. "Anthropology of Freedom and Tax Justice: Between Exchange and Gift. Thoughts for an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda," CESMEP Working Papers 201503, University of Turin.

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    Good government; Institutions; Law; Freedom; Oikonomia; Rule of law; Authority; liberalism; Luigi Einaudi;

    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines


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