Clarification on Transcending Medieval Economics

have never put anything on the blog that must have been as unclear as the post on transcending medieval economics.  The point of what I was trying to make is relatively simple — although, in reality, nothing in such matters is really simple.  During the Enlightenment, people were discovering new things, especially because traders were bringing reports and material goods, from parts of the world that had previously been unknown.  Before that time, true knowledge was presumed to already be in existence, found in ancient texts, such as Aristotle’s.  During the Enlightenment, people were energetically looking around them for new information as well, especially because novel technologies were being developed faster than had been the case previously.  The quotation from Cook was intended to show the similarity between dogmatic nature of education prior to the Enlightenment and what passes as economic education today.

 

2 comments so far

  1. political economist on

    Michael,

    Thanks.

  2. Ian H on

    I find it interesting that the period you refer to as “The Enlightenment” bears similar to that which we are in now. [quote] “…people were discovering new things, especially because traders were bringing reports and material goods, from parts of the world that had previously been unknown”. Internet and Social networking is allowing us to (very loosely) do what was once just the domain of the universities “… methods could be clearly explained and could be tested not only by writing things down but by debating with an opponent.”
    No matter how much a company / institution / government attempts to tell us the world is flat, thanks to todays technology we can see, learn and discover for ourselves.

    We know things are screwed up, we know we need to change how we run this planet, the question is HOW? What would our perfect world be? What is the best that could happen?

    Technology has allowed me to see that I am not the only one with crazy grand visions of a fair and just world, where common sense, logic, and creativity reign supreme.

    Thanks Michael for the information, and inspiration to reply.


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