A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (2nd)

A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (2nd)

By: Mary Poovey (author)Paperback

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Exploring such questions as "how did fact become modernity's most favoured unit of knowledge?", this text contains ideas and texts from the publication of the first British manual on double-entry bookkeeping in 1588 to the institutionalization of statistics in the 1830s. It shows how the production of systematic knowledge from descriptions of observed particulars influenced government; how numerical representation became the privileged vehicle for generating useful facts; and how belief - whether figured as credit, credibility, or credulity - remained essential to the production of knowledge.

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  • publication date: 02/11/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780226675268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 444
  • ID: 9780226675268
  • weight: 610
  • ISBN10: 0226675262
  • edition: 2nd

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