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Anniversaries of Note in 2013: People

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The following authors should be remembered in 2013 for having reached a significant milestone. [More on the terminology used.]

Anniversaries of the births and deaths of important people (details below) [More about finding People in the OLL]:

  1. the centennial (100th) of the birth of the American sociologist Robert Nisbet (1913-1996)
  2. the centennial (100th) of the birth of the Italian jurist Bruno Leoni (1913-1967)
  3. the sesquicentenial (150th) of the birth of the American economist Frank Albert Fetter (1863-1949)
  4. the sesquicentenial (150th) of the death of the Irish political economist Richard Whately (1787-1863)
  5. the bicentennial (200th) of the birth of the Italian composer of opera Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  6. the tricentennial (300th) of the death of the English philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713)
  7. the seminonacentennial (450th) of the death of the French political theorist Étienne de la Boétie (1530-1563)

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1. The centennial (100th) of the birth of the American sociologist Robert Nisbet (1913-1996)

Nisbet200.jpg Robert Nisbet (1913-1996), former professor of sociology at Columbia University, is the author of Sociology as an Art Form; The Social Philosophers; Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary; The Sociological Tradition; History of the Idea of Progress; and Twilight of Authority, also published by Liberty Fund.
Works by this author: /person/3898

 

2. The centennial (100th) of the birth of the Italian jurist Bruno Leoni (1913-1967)

Leoni.jpg Bruno Leoni (1913-1967) was Professor of Legal Theory and the Theory of the State at the University of Pavia, a practicing lawyer, founder editor of the journal Il Politico, newspaper columnist, and secretary and president of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Works by this author: /person/3924

 

3. The sesquicentenial (150th) of the birth of the American economist Frank Albert Fetter (1863-1949)

Fetter164.jpg Frank Albert Fetter (1863-1949) was the leader in the United States of the early Austrian school of economics. Born in rural Indiana, Fetter was graduated from the University of Indiana in 1891. After earning a master’s degree at Cornell University, Fetter pursued his studies abroad and received a doctorate in economics in 1894 from the University of Halle in Germany. Fetter then taught successively at Cornell, Indiana, and Stanford universities. He returned to Cornell as professor of political economy and finance (1901-1911) and terminated his academic career at Princeton University (1911-31), where he also served as chairman of the department of economics Fetter is largely remembered for his views on business “monopoly” and for a unified and consistent theory of distribution that explained the relationship among capital, interest, and rent.
Works by this author: /person/20

 

4. The sesquicentenial (150th) of the death of the Irish political economist Richard Whately (1787-1863)

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Richard Whately (1787-1863), Archbishop of Dublin and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Oxford following Nassau Senior, brought logical clarity to the previously murky relationship between morals and the underpinnings of economics. Whately was a prodigious writer who was active in political, economic, and ecclesiastical reforms, especially the education of children and poverty in Ireland. His broad interests ranged beyond religion and economics into logic, politics, social rights, and literary reviews. He was succeeded at Oxford by J. E. Cairnes.

Works by this author: /person/4086

 

5. The bicentennial (200th) of the birth of the Italian composer of opera Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Giuseppe_Verdi250 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) is one of the most important opera composers. His liberal political views and his strong Italian nationalism colored many of his works.
Works by this author: /person/4385

 

6. The tricentennial (300th) of the death of the English philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713)

Shaftesbury200.jpg Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) was the grandson of a founder and leader of the English Whigs, and was tutored by John Locke. Shaftesbury rote one of the most intellectually influential works in English of the eighteenth century, the Characteristicks. Widely regarded as the first exponent of the view that ethics derives from reason and “sentiment,” Shaftesbury criticizes not only Locke but, especially, Hobbes for the dim view that “the state of nature” is “a war of all against all.” To the contrary, Shaftesbury argued that human nature responds most fully to representations of the good, the true, and the beautiful, and that human beings naturally desire society.
Works by this author: /person/3785

 

7. The seminonacentennial (450th) of the death of the French political theorist Étienne de la Boétie (1530-1563)

LaBoetie-medal250.jpg Estienne de la Boétie (1530-1563) was a friend of Montaigne and made a name for himself with his poetry and translations of ancient Greek authors. He is perhaps better known today for his essay “Discourse of Voluntary Servitude” where he explores why the majority too often willingly capitulates to the demands of a tiny ruling minority.
Works by this author: /person/4001

 

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