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Title: The social philosophy of Pietro Verri
Author: Griffiths, B. J.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis is the first extensive study of the thought of Pietro Verri in English, and the first major study in any language to focus on his social philosophy. It brings together a large number of writings by Pietro Verri and considers them in relation with one another. It is based on readings of these primary texts, including unpublished manuscript material, and of studies of Verri published in Italy in the last twenty-five years, most of them in article form. Pietro Verri was one of the leading figures in the 'School of Milan' in the second half of the eighteenth century. The eldest son of Count Gabriele Verri, a lawyer and senator, Pietro Verri chose instead to study political economy, and became a functionary of the Habsburg government in Milan. Verri was still politically active in the 1790s and had several newspaper articles published during the Napoleonic period, before dying in the council chamber in 1797. This thesis takes issue with the standard biography of Verri (Nino Valeri, Pietro Verri, first published in 1934). While Valeri believed Verri to have been a disillusioned and increasingly conservative figure during the 1770s and 1780s, my research shows that his views were remarkably consistent throughout his life. While accepting that Verri was part of the cosmopolitan intellectual movement of the Enlightenment, this thesis also draws attention to the existence of a specifically Italian philosophical tradition to which he contributed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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