Love, Self-Deceit and Money: Commerce and Morality in the Early Neapolitan Enlightenment by Koen StapelbroekLove, Self-Deceit and Money: Commerce and Morality in the Early Neapolitan Enlightenment by Koen Stapelbroek

Love, Self-Deceit and Money: Commerce and Morality in the Early Neapolitan Enlightenment

byKoen Stapelbroek

Hardcover | April 5, 2008

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"Love drives and gives life to the commerce of mankind." Thus, the sixteen year old Ferdinando Galiani (1728-1787) presented his project to understand the sociable nature of man. This observation, a reflection of his own position on the relation between trade and virtue, hinted at what the mature works of Galiani, one of the most noteworthy economists and wits in eighteenth-century Italy, would eventually yield.

In Love, Self-Deceit, and Money, Koen Stapelbroek reconstructs the Early Neapolitan Enlightenment debate on the morality of market societies, a debate that hinged on the preservation of Naples' independent statehood in a global arena of commercial and military competition. Galiani rejected the moralizing and mercantile ideas of his contemporaries regarding the dangers threatening Naples, and, in his Della moneta (1751), he justified the systems set in place by the Neapolitan government. With reference to early, previously unstudied lectures on self-deceptive 'Platonic love,' Koen Stapelbroek examines Galiani's role in the wider debate, arguing that his early moral philosophical and historical work suggests a great deal about his political-economic stance, including his assertion that money is the ultimate ordering principle in the universe.

As a study of one of the most idiosyncratic minds of the Enlightenment period, Love, Self-Deceit, and Money shows how diverse ideas of the development of individual passions into social dispositions, commerce, and reform politics dovetailed seamlessly in the intellectual climate of eighteenth-century Europe.

Koen Stapelbroek lectures in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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Title:Love, Self-Deceit and Money: Commerce and Morality in the Early Neapolitan EnlightenmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.32 × 6.27 × 0.96 inPublished:April 5, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements

Introduction: Neapolitan Eighteenth-Century Visions of a Small State in the Modern World
1 Commerce, Morality and the Reform of Naples
2 Celestino Galiani: The Moral Power of Commerce
3 Doria and Vico: True Utility against Pleasure
4 Galiani’s Moral Philosophy: ‘Love’ as the Principle of Society
5 Della moneta: Commercial Sociability and Monetary Politics
Epilogue: Galiani and the Limits of the Enlightenment

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