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A History of the Modern Fact : Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society.

Author: Mary Poovey
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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?Mary Poovey explores these questions in A History of the Modern Fact, ranging across an astonishing array of texts and ideas from the publication of the first British manual on double-entry bookkeeping in 1588 to the institutionalization of  Read more...
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Poovey, Mary.
A History of the Modern Fact : Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Poovey
ISBN: 9780226675183 0226675181
OCLC Number: 780604212
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (446 pages)
Contents: Contents; Acknowledgments; 1. The Modern Fact, the Problem of Induction, and Questions of Method; 2. Accommodating Merchants: Double-Entry Bookkeeping, Mercantile Expertise, and the Effect of Accuracy; 3. The Political Anatomy of the Economy: English Science and Irish Land; 4. Experimental Moral Philosophy and the Problems of Liberal Governmentality; 5. From Conjectural History to Political Economy; 6. Reconfiguring Facts and Theory: Vestiges of Providentialism in the New Science of Wealth; 7. Figures of Arithmetic, Figures of Speech: The Problem of Induction in the 1830s; Notes; Bibliography.

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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?Mary Poovey explores these questions in A History of the Modern Fact, ranging across an astonishing 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 th.

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