Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton.

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    • Abstract:
      This article offers an overview of oeconomics in the Age of Newton. Economic reflections harked back to the Greek concept of household management, and households have gardens, require medicines, and attend to the sympathies of their members. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) first came to prominence at the age of twenty-five, with his appointment as the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University (1669). His breakthroughs in calculus, the inverse-square law of gravitational attraction, and the heterogeneity of white light came even earlier, in his anni mirabiles of 1664-66. The Scientific Revolution endures, despite its fuzzy temporal and spatial borders, and despite the fact that it was a prolonged transformation, stretching over more than a hundred years. Oeconomies serves as a constant reminder that economic thinking of the early modern period was significantly different from what came after. There is thus a deeper tension to be found in economic theories of the period, with strong allegiances to Greek notions of wealth, social hierarchy, and virtue ethics. The concept of an economy is a relatively new one, commencing in the early 1800s with David Ricardo most saliently. At best one can point to a rich discourse on economic phenomena, money, trade, population, prices, and so forth, that was primarily wedded to agricultural production.
    • Author Affiliations:
      1Professor of philosophy, University of British Columbia
      2Duke University
    • ISSN:
      0018-2702
    • Accession Number:
      10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1
    • Accession Number:
      12970291
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    • ABNT:
      SCHABAS, M.; DE MARCHI, N. Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton. History of Political Economy, [s. l.], v. 35, p. 1–13, 2003. DOI 10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=buh&AN=12970291. Acesso em: 26 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Schabas M, De Marchi N. Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton. History of Political Economy. 2003;35:1-13. doi:10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1.
    • APA:
      Schabas, M., & De Marchi, N. (2003). Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton. History of Political Economy, 35, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Schabas, Margaret, and Neil De Marchi. 2003. “Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton.” History of Political Economy 35 (December): 1–13. doi:10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1.
    • Harvard:
      Schabas, M. and De Marchi, N. (2003) ‘Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton’, History of Political Economy, 35, pp. 1–13. doi: 10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Schabas, M & De Marchi, N 2003, ‘Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton’, History of Political Economy, vol. 35, pp. 1–13, viewed 26 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Schabas, Margaret, and Neil De Marchi. “Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton.” History of Political Economy, vol. 35, Dec. 2003, pp. 1–13. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Schabas, Margaret, and Neil De Marchi. “Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton.” History of Political Economy 35 (December 2, 2003): 1–13. doi:10.1215/00182702-35-Suppl_1-1.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Schabas M, De Marchi N. Introduction to Oeconomies in the Age of Newton. History of Political Economy [Internet]. 2003 Dec 2 [cited 2020 Feb 26];35:1–13. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=buh&AN=12970291