On the historical roots of natural capital in the writings of carl linnaeus

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Abstract

No longer do resource economists merely regard nature as a collection of inert materials to be improved by human labor and manufactured capital; rather, nature is, to an increasing extent, taken to be a mindless producer of economically valuable ecosystem goods and services. Instances of natural capital are frequently said to produce such goods and services in a manner that is relatively detached from human agency. This article argues that, historically, the idea of nature as a systematic original producer capable of self-generation is hardly novel. The eighteenth-century roots of this idea can be found in the writings of Carl Linnaeus who depicted the whole Earth and all of its productions as the “oeconomy of nature.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Pages103-117
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
Volume36C
ISSN (Print)0743-4154

Keywords

  • Ecosystem goods and services
  • Linnaeus
  • Natural capital
  • Nature
  • Oeconomy of nature
  • Physiocrats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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