Economy and Nature in ...
Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of Scientific Thought
by Joel Kaye
This book provides new perspectives on the ways in which scholastic natural philosophy anticipated and contributed to the emergence of scientific thought. Historians of medieval science have hesitated to step outside the sphere of intellectual culture in their search for factors influencing proto-scientific thought. This book searches for influences both within and beyond...more
ebook, 285 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published February 11th 1994)
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This book is about the economic and physical philosophy of scholars at the universities of Oxford and Paris in the thirteenth and fourteenth century. It tries to show that changes in physical thought, especially the idea that different intensities of a quality can be represented by lines of different lengths, became popular because of advances in understanding market economics. The author finds some provocative similarities, but I thought he was stretching them way too far in claiming a cause an...more