Portrait of Cesare Bonesana di Beccaria

Cesare Bonesana di Beccaria

1738 – 1794

Beccaria was an Italian legal philosopher, political economist and politician who was much influenced by the French philosophes. In Milan he introduced a number of legal and monetary reforms but is best known for his 1764 work On Crimes and Punishments in which he advocated an end to torture and the death penalty.

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