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The Apostles of Linnaeus and the Economy of Nature

Author(s): Arne Jarrick

Journal: Baltic Worlds
ISSN 2000-2955

Volume: VI;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: evolution | enlightenment | scant resources | Linnaeus | survival of the fitest

Linnaeus’s ideas and the acts of his apostles coincide with a general definition of economy as the doctrine of wise stewardship of scarce resources, which could be applied to both nature and human society. But beyond this, the philosophical, economic, and scientific thinking of Linnaeus and his contemporaries was historically distinguished by the belief that resources, as for example the number of species, could normally increase in one place simply by shrinking in another.
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