On Alienation

  • Davide Cadeddu
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 15)


In the attempt to identify the origins of Adriano Olivetti’s political thought, various different studies have noted that his father was Jewish and his mother Waldesian, but that his religious education was free from dogma. These biographical details are often employed to simplistically ascribe a messianic, dreamlike, and even visionary quality to Olivetti’s ‘character’, and a fanciful and eclectic edge to his political thought, rather than offering a true understanding of the influence that religion exerted over him. It is an influence, though, that is notable, given that his political reflection took shape from the consideration of the reality ‘of man and his true nature’, a consideration nourished in itself by views of religious origin.


Religious Education Material Force Political Thought True Understanding Christian Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Cadeddu
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  1. 1.University of MilanMilanoItaly

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