Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Household Management

  • Alessandro ArienzoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_609-1

Abstract

Household management (oeconomics) is the discipline aimed at the head of the family with the purpose of guiding him in the achievement of justice and “prudence” in the domestic sphere. As a doctrine of the oikos, it concerns the relations between the people living in a house and all the activities necessary to its management, preservation, and growth. It may also comprehend commercial activities, as these are limited and subordinate to the necessities of the house. From Xenophon and Aristotle to early modern literature of res familiares, the essential feature of household management is the capacity of the father to govern the house through the “just” (i.e., “rightful” and/or “most effective”) means. In different historical contexts, however, a number of other issues recurred and were variously discussed: the relation between the oikos and the civitas, the relation between morality and necessity, and the distinction between administration, government, and oeconomics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversità degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”NaplesItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • David A. Lines
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Studies, School of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK