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History of the Modern Fact

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Description for History of the Modern Fact Paperback. Showing the epistemological conditions that have made modern, social and economic knowledge possible, this text explores questions such as, "how did fact become modernity's most favoured unit of knowledge?". Num Pages: 444 pages, 10 halftones. BIC Classification: 3JB; 3JD; 3JF; 3JH; HBG; HBTB; HPK; KCZ. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 155 x 229 x 23. Weight in Grams: 626.
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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About Mary Poovey
Mary Poovey has recently retired from her position as Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities at New York University. She is the author of numerous books, including A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society and Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain.

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