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The Natural Origins of Economics$
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Margaret Schabas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226735696

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226735719.001.0001

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Related Themes in the Natural Sciences

Related Themes in the Natural Sciences

(p.22) Chapter Two Related Themes in the Natural Sciences
The Natural Origins of Economics

Margaret Schabas

University of Chicago Press

This chapter traces the evolution of the concept of economics from among natural philosophers. It suggests that it was essentially experimental physics and natural history and not mathematical physics that were incorporated into the content of classical economics. This chapter also highlights the achievement of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in producing a developed account of the economy of nature and his intention to utilize natural history for commercial expansion.

Keywords:   economics, natural philosophers, experimental physics, natural history, Carl Linnaeus, economy of nature, commercial expansion

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