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Mingardi, A (2020). Re-Evaluating the Bourgeoisie: A Parallel between Deirdre McCloskey and Sergio Ricossa. Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, 140(3-4), 319-339. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.140.3-4.319
Mingardi, Alberto (2020). "Re-Evaluating the Bourgeoisie: A Parallel between Deirdre McCloskey and Sergio Ricossa" Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, vol. 140no. 3-4, 2020 pp. 319-339. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.140.3-4.319
Mingardi, A (2020). Re-Evaluating the Bourgeoisie: A Parallel between Deirdre McCloskey and Sergio Ricossa. Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 140 (Issue 3-4), pp 319-339. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.140.3-4.319

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Re-Evaluating the Bourgeoisie: A Parallel between Deirdre McCloskey and Sergio Ricossa

Mingardi, Alberto

Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 140 (2020), Iss. 3-4 : pp. 319–339

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Alberto Mingardi, Department of Humanities Studies, IULM University of Milan, Via Carlo Bo 1, 20143 Milan, Italy.

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Abstract

This paper compares Deirdre McCloskey’s reading of the “bourgeois reevaluation” with Sergio Ricossa’s. Italian economist Sergio Ricossa was – like McCloskey – schooled in the neoclassical, formalistic tradition, but in time drifted toward a more “Austrian” approach, as he was influenced by the work of F.A. Hayek. Like McCloskey, in a number of works Ricossa aimed to vindicate the bourgeoisie, placing what McCloskey would later call “the bourgeois deal” at the source of modern economic growth. Ricossa and McCloskey were not connected, nor friends. Yet they both arrived at re-evaluating the bourgeoisie, explicitly linking their liberalism to the historical role played by a specific class. This paper will look at their respective paths, which in some respects are parallel, and will show how their common appreciation of the Bourgeois Era went hand-in-hand with libertarianism as a political philosophy and with a strong appreciation of the Bourgeois Era in history.

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Alberto Mingardi: Re-Evaluating the Bourgeoisie: A Parallel between Deirdre McCloskey and Sergio Ricossa 1
Abstract 1
1. Sergio Ricossa: From Statistics to Skepticism 3
2. Deirdre McCloskey: History and Rhetoric 6
3. The Anti-Bourgeois Prejudice 9
4. The Bourgeoisie, Maker of the Modern World 1
5. The Anti-Bourgeois Turn 1
6. A Re-Evaluation Worth Undertaking 1
References 1