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The Resource Age of risk : politics and economy in early modern Britain, Emily C. Nacol

Age of risk : politics and economy in early modern Britain, Emily C. Nacol

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Age of risk : politics and economy in early modern Britain
Title
Age of risk
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politics and economy in early modern Britain
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Emily C. Nacol
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eng
Summary
In "An Age of Risk", Emily Nacol shows that risk, now treated as a permanent feature of our lives, did not always govern understandings of the future. Focusing on the epistemological, political, and economic writings of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith, Nacol explains that in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain, political and economic thinkers reimagined the future as a terrain of risk, characterized by probabilistic calculation, prediction, and control. In these early modern sources, Nacol contends, we see three crucial developments in thought on risk and politics. While early modern thinkers differentiated uncertainty about the future from probabilistic calculations of risk, they remained attentive to the ways uncertainty and risk remained in a conceptual tangle, a problem that constrained good decision making. They developed sophisticated theories of trust and credit as crucial background conditions for prudent risk-taking, and offered complex depictions of the relationships and behaviors that would make risk-taking more palatable.--
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Nacol, Emily C
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Hobbes, Thomas
  • Locke, John
  • Hume, David
  • Smith, Adam
  • Risk
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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Age of risk : politics and economy in early modern Britain, Emily C. Nacol
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-165) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn942707361
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 169 pages
Isbn
9780691165103
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)942707361
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Age of risk : politics and economy in early modern Britain, Emily C. Nacol
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn942707361
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 169 pages
Isbn
9780691165103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)942707361

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