8The short reach of Cartesian certainty and Leibniz’ principle of reason into the social science of economics

8.1Leibniz’ principle of reason as a general “grand principle”

I return to the theme of the Cartesian cast of economics first treated in Chapter 4.3. The triumph of the modern age heralded in philosophically by Descartes in the seventeenth century derives from the success of the mathematized natural sciences. The names of Galileo, Newton, Descartes, Leibniz, along with those of many other mathematicians and natural scientists, resound to the present day. The mathematized natural sciences also formed the foundation for the industrial revolution that revolutionized not only the economy, but — with its technical innovations — the way of ...

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