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Vilfredo Pareto as an unrepented liberal

A comment on Fiorenzo Mornati’s intellectual biography of Pareto
Alberto Mingardi
p. 291-296
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MORNATI F., 2018a (2015), From Science to Liberty (1848-1891), Vilfredo Pareto : An Intellectual Biography, vol. 1, London, Palgrave Macmillan, p. IX, 252.

MORNATI F., 2018b (2017), The Illusions and Disillusions of Liberty (1891-1898), Vilfredo Pareto : An Intellectual Biography, vol. 2, London, Palgrave Macmillan, p. XI, 319.

MORNATI F., 2020 (2020), From Liberty to Science (1898-1923), Vilfredo Pareto : An Intellectual Biography, vol. 3, London, Palgrave Macmillan, p. VII, 206.

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Fiorenzo Mornati’s three-volumes intellectual biography of Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) is a tour de force. The student of Pareto is forever indebted with its author. Mornati’s brings order to the intricacies of his subject’s life and makes sense of the development of his thought, in a much more linear and compact way than studies that preceded it.

In particular, thanks to Mornati, the historian of political ideas can better appreciate how Pareto’s posture evolves in time and to what extent its development can be interpreted as a genuine revision of his previous stances—or, rather, as a mere change of emphasis.

“Behind any theory, there is a biography.” This insight, which is the daily bread of any historian of ideas, sometimes opens the door to the wildest speculations. In the case of Pareto, a path has been more or less established over many years of scholarship by many hands. “From being a crusader for democracy and free trade he became indifferent to active politics and an increasi...

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Alberto Mingardi, « Vilfredo Pareto as an unrepented liberal »Revue européenne des sciences sociales, 59-2 | 2021, 291-296.

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Alberto Mingardi, « Vilfredo Pareto as an unrepented liberal »Revue européenne des sciences sociales [En ligne], 59-2 | 2021, mis en ligne le 02 janvier 2025, consulté le 25 janvier 2022. URL : ; DOI :

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Alberto Mingardi

Milan, Bruno Leoni Institute – University of Pavia

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