George Caffentzis (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine)
The claim of this seminar is that the three major philosophers of the transition to capitalism (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume) used their philosophic reasoning to support specific monetary policies that played a significant role in the building of empire. In Locke’s case, the crucial policy in question was whether the silver sovereigns, Britain’s most important coin, at the time seriously under weight because of the activities of coin clippers, should be re-coined to their full value. Locke entered into the debate aware of the serious political consequences, for himself and his class, of a call for a full-weight re-coinage. But he accepted the challenge, using arguments and categories from his Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Second Treatise on Government to defend his monetary claims.
Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, Professori Duccio Basosi e Francesca Coin