Nature in the history of economic thought : how natural resources became an economic concept
- Nathaniel Wolloch.
- London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
- Physical description
- xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm
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Science Library (Li and Ma)
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- Wolloch, Nathaniel, author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index.
- Preface List of Abbreviations
- PART I ATTITUDES TOWARD NATURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO MERCANTILISM
- 1 From Antiquity to the Renaissance
- 2 Mercantilism and Natural Resources
- PART II THE ENLIGHTENMENT ROOTS OF CLASSICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
- 3 Pre-Classical Enlightenment Developments
- 4 The Physiocrats and the Bread Riots
- 5 From Adam Smith to Classical Political Economy
- 6 John Stuart Mill and the Idea of Progress
- PART III MANAGING THE USE OF NATURE
- 7 Managing Nature in the Enlightenment
- 8 Ricardo and Malthus on the Utilization of Nature
- 9 Jean-Baptiste Say and Other Contemporaries
- 10 John Stuart Mill's Attitude toward Nature
- Epilogue: From Socialism to Modernity.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
From antiquity to our own time those interested in political economy have with almost no exceptions regarded the natural physical environment as a resource meant for human use. Focusing on the period 1600-1850, and paying particular attention to major figures including Adam Smith, T.R. Malthus, David Ricardo and J.S. Mill, this book provides a detailed overview of the intellectual history of the economic consideration of nature from antiquity to modern times. It shows how even someone like Mill, who was clearly influenced by romantic notions regarding the spiritual need for contact with pristine nature, ultimately regarded it as an economic resource. Building on existing scholarship, this study demonstrates how the rise of modern sensitivity to nature, from the late eighteenth century in particular, was in fact a dialectical reaction to the growing distance of modern urban civilization from the natural environment. As such, the book offers an unprecedentedly detailed overview of the intellectual history of economic considerations of nature, whilst underlining how the history of this topic has been remarkably consistent.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- 9781138691490 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 1138691496 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 9781315534817 (ebook)
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