10 Facts About Antonio Genovesi


Antonio Genovesi was an Italian writer on philosophy and political economy.

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Son of Salvatore Genovese, a shoemaker, and Adriana Alfinito of San Mango, Antonio Genovesi was born in Castiglione, near Salerno in 1713.

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Antonio Genovesi began studying early on under the direction of his father and, at fourteen, under Niccolo Genovesi, a relative, and young doctor from Naples, who taught Antonio peripatetic philosophy for two years, and Cartesian philosophy for another year.

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Antonio Genovesi was a scholar in classical Literature, theology and metaphysical sciences.

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Antonio Genovesi's body was buried in the church of the monastery of Sant'Eramo Nuovo, thanks to his friend Raimondo di Sangro, prince of San Severo.

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Antonio Genovesi was simply placed in the crypt, and therefore we have no specific tomb.

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Antonio Genovesi was influenced by the new Italian cultural landscape, and tried through studies and experimentation to describe the concept of public happiness, to be obtained by freeing mankind from its state of “obscurity”.

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Antonio Genovesi understood the state of cultural, material and spiritual decadence, aftermath of the Neapolitan golden age, and felt the need to intervene in order to restore the former glory of the arts, commerce and agriculture.

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Antonio Genovesi chose the Italian language for his teaching, due to his passionate civil spirit: he is remembered for being the first professor not to use Latin during his courses, and for having written treatises on metaphysics and logic in Italian.

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Antonio Genovesi's aim was to spread economic studies among the people, ideally continuing with other humanists in considering these the means to civilization.

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