(1717–1787), Dutch political economist. De Pinto was born into one of the wealthiest Sephardic Jewish families of Amsterdam. Little is known about his youth until 1739, when he joined a mainly Jewish “friendly society” of enlightened conservatives. Two lectures he gave to this society, preserved in manuscript, make it clear that he rejected both materialism and skepticism, as is also evident from his Précis des arguments contre les matérialistes (1774; 2d ed., 1752).
From Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).