Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 562 pages
In this provocative book, Richard Sennett looks at the ways today's global, ever-mutable form of capitalism is affecting our lives. He analyzes how changes in work ethic, in our attitudes toward merit and talent, and in public and private institutions have all contributed to what he terms 'the spectre of uselessness', and he concludes with suggestions to counter this disturbing new culture.

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Contents

One Worldly Goods and the Transformations of Objectivity
1
Two An Information Economy
42
In Pursuit of Natural Facts
82
Four Commerce and Medicine in Amsterdam
133
Five Truths and Untruths from the Indies
175
Descartes in the Republic
226
Seven Industry and Analysis
267
Eight Gardens of the Indies Transported
304
The Medicine of East Asia
339
Sticking to Simple Things
378
Eleven Conclusions and Comparisons
410
Notes
417
Bibliography
473
Index
537
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