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Beyond virtues and vices: Antonio Genovesi's and Adam Smith's “science of relationships”

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Some recent literature has rediscovered the Italian tradition of “civil economy”. This literature has underlined how the discourse about virtues and vices was fundamental in order to establish how, in a political and economic context, a harmonious order could be established. On the basis of this main focus on virtues and vices, it was stated that Genovesi's thought is essentially different from Smith's one. In this article, I argue that the direct focus on questions of virtues and vices does not help capture the novelty introduced by these authors and the relational value of their agency theory.
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Keywords: Adam Smith; Antonio Genovesi; Ethics and Economics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 4, 2018

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