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A history of the modern fact : problems of knowledge in the sciences of wealth and society

Author: Mary Poovey
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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How did the fact become modernity's most favored unit of knowledge? How did description come to seem separable from theory in the precursors of economics and the social sciences? [The author] explores these questions in [this volume], ranging across an ... array of texts and ideas from the publication of the first British manual on double-entry bookkeeping in 1588 to the institutionalization of statistics in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Poovey
OCLC Number: 56618565
Notes: Originally published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1998.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Modern fact, the problem of induction, and questions of method --
Accommodating merchants, double-entry bookkeeping, Mercantile expertise, and the effect of accuracy --
Political anatomy of the economy, English science and Irish land --
Experimental moral philosophy and the problems of liberal governmentality --
From conjectural history to political economy --
Reconfiguring facts and theory, vestiges of providentialism in the new science of wealth --
Figures of arithmetic, figures of speech, the problem of induction in the 1830s.
Responsibility: Mary Poovey.

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How did the fact become modernity's most favored unit of knowledge? How did description come to seem separable from theory in the precursors of economics and the social sciences? [The author] explores these questions in [this volume], ranging across an ... array of texts and ideas from the publication of the first British manual on double-entry bookkeeping in 1588 to the institutionalization of statistics in the 1830s. She shows how the production of systematic knowledge from descriptions of observed particulars influenced government, how numerical representation became the privilege vehicle for generating useful facts, and how belief - whether figured as credit, credibility, or credulity - remained essential to the production of knowledge.-Back cover.

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