Rationality, Irrationality, and Liberty in the Thought of Vilfredo Pareto


Conferees explored the relationship between rationality/irrationality and freedom in Vilfredo Pareto's economic, sociological, and political writings, focusing on his account of the political and social transformation of a liberal democracy by the mass politics out of which fascism eventually emerged.


Conference Readings

Pareto, Vilfredo. “Summary of Some Chapters of a New Treatise on Pure Economics.” Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, Nuova Serie 3, no. 67 (December  2008): 453-504.

Pareto, Vilfredo. “The New Theories of Economics.” Journal of Political Economy 5, no. 4 (September 1897): 485-502.

Pareto, Vilfredo. Manual of Political Economy: A Critical and Variorum Edition by Vilfredo Pareto. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Pareto, Vilfredo. Sociological Writings. Edited by S. E. Finer. New York: Praeger, 1966.

Pareto, Vilfredo. The Rise and Fall of the Elites. Translated by Hans Zatterberg. Totowa: The Bedmister Press, 1968.

Pareto, Vilfredo. Les Systeme Socialistes in Sociological Writing. New York: Praeger, 1966.

Pareto, Vilfredo. I sistemi socialisti. Torino: UTET, 1951.

Pareto, Vilfredo. Scritti sociologici. Edited by G. Busino. Torino: UTET, 1966.

Pareto, Vilfredo. “The Parliamentary Regime in Italy.” Political Science Quarterly 8, no. 4 (December 1893): 677-721.