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L. Einaudi, On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value judgments in Economic Sciences, Critical edition with an Introduction and Afterword by Paolo Silvestri, Routledge, London - New York, 2017

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Luigi Einaudi (1874-1961) was a leading liberal economist, economic historian and political figure. This book provides the English-speaking world with a first critical edition of Einaudi’s – hitherto unpublished – rewriting of one of his most unique and thoughtful essays. The relevance of this essay is crucial from several perspectives: history and methodology of economic thought, role of economics and its relation to other disciplines and to social values, role of economists in the public sphere, while also encompassing the discourse on man and the economist as a "whole man". The critical edition of On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value Judgments in Economic Sciences includes a comprehensive introduction and afterword. An extensive reappraisal of this newly discovered essay will help to cast light on Einaudi’s uniqueness and originality within and beyond the Italian tradition in public finance, thereby also illuminating his attempt to provide an epistemological account of his long lasting enquiry into the causes of good and bad polities.
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... 29 Tra gli ultimi studi, si v. i reports di Banca Etica (2018Etica ( , 2019. 30 Questa ricerca trae origine dagli studi di Paolo Silvestri sulla tradizione italiana di Scienza delle Finanze e, in particolar modo, sul pensiero di Luigi Einaudi, la sua riflessione sul buon governo e la buona società, e le sue ultime riflessioni storiche e metodologiche che lo portarono a esplorare casi storici di donazione e contribuzione volontaria alla cosa pubblica, come le 'liturgie' nella Polis periclea (Einaudi 1940(Einaudi , 2017Silvestri 2008Silvestri , 2012aSilvestri , 2012bSilvestri , 2015Silvestri , 2017Silvestri , 2018aSilvestri , 2018bSilvestri , 2019. Questa precedente ricerca ha poi preso corpo in un più ampio progetto di ricerca finanziato dalla Comunità Europea (Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union). ...
... Furthermore, in the Einaudi-Croce debate on «Liberism and Liberalisms» (Croce, Einaudi, 1957) the separation between Philosophy and Economics reappeared, heavily aggravating their misunderstandings 24 . These debates led Einaudi to write his most engaging methodological essay, On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Valuejudgments in Economic Sciences, and then to rewrite it, in an unpublished rewriting (Einaudi 2017) whose meaning is still today to be assessed (Silvestri 2017aSilvestri , 2017bSilvestri , 2017c) 25 . ...
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