Alberti’s Third Grace: Familial, Moral and Civil Society

James Lawson

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Alberti identifies the great driver of man into society as the deficiency of his unassisted powers to supply his needs. Man’s succour is provided on the one hand by the family. On the other, society is conceived as a system for the distribution, among members unacquainted with one another, of goods. The relations, in Alberti’s thinking, of these contrasting instruments of support are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95 - 113
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Alberti
  • Renaissance
  • Graces
  • Family
  • Civil Society


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