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Petrarchism at WorkContextual Economies in the Age of Shakespeare$
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William J. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700019

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700019.001.0001

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Mercurial Economies

Mercurial Economies

(p.313) Conclusion Mercurial Economies
Petrarchism at Work

William J. Kennedy

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the characteristics displayed by the authorial case studies mentioned in this book, reaffirming that the qualities of flexibility, openness to innovation, sensitivity to context, and an awareness of different perspectives are associated with both literary and economic advancement. This intersection of the aesthetic and economic coincides with the rise of an entrepreneurial economics in early modern Europe. They also intersect with the competing claims of a Platonic aesthetics grounded in divine inspiration and of an Aristotelian aesthetics grounded in craftsmanship and skill. Furthermore, the chapter explores the precedents set by these authors and how they have taken shape in the changes wrought by turn-of-the-century aesthetics and economics.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial economics, Platonic aesthetics, Aristotelian aesthetics, Petrarchan precedents, early modern Europe

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