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John Stuart Mill and Concepts of Nature

  • Margaret Schabas (a1)

Why did Mill draw such a firm line between nature and society, and what did he mean by the claim that only permanent or necessary truths could be gleaned in nature? Why are the laws of production able to transcend the social realm and thereby attain a higher epistemological standing? Was Mill the first (and possibly the last) to make this distinction, or does it conform with a long tradition within the history of economic thought?

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Maxine Berg 1980 The Machinery Question and the Making of Political Economy, 1815–1848. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nancy Cartwright 1983 How the Laws of Physics Lie. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Philip Mirowski 1989 More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Margaret Schabas 1990 A World Ruled by Number: William Stanley Jevons and the Rise of Mathematical Economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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