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The Resource The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor

The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor

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The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru
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The matter of empire
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metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru
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Orlando Bentancor
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eng
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"The Matter of Empire examines the philosophical principles invoked by apologists of the Spanish empire that laid the foundations for the material exploitation of the Andean region between 1520 and 1640. Centered on Potosí, Bolivia, Orlando Bentancor's original study ties the colonizers' attempts to justify the abuses wrought upon the environment and the indigenous population to their larger ideology concerning mining, science, and the empire's rightful place in the global sphere. Bentancor points to the underlying principles of Scholasticism, particularly in the work off Thomas Aquinas, as the basis of the instrumentalist conception of matter and enslavement, despite the inherent contradictions to moral principles. Bentancor grounds this metaphysical framework in a close reading of sixteenth-century debates on Spanish sovereignty in the Americas and treatises on natural history and mining by theologians, humanists, missionaries, mine owners, jurists, and colonial officials. To Bentancor, their presuppositions were a major turning point for colonial expansion and paved the way to global mercantilism"--Provided by publisher
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Bentancor, Orlando,
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Illuminations : cultural formations of the Americas series
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  • Potosí (Bolivia : Department)
  • Potosí (Bolivia : Department)
  • Indians of South America
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Environmental degradation
  • Metaphysics
  • Instrumentalism (Philosophy)
  • Imperialism
  • Spain
  • Peru
  • HISTORY
  • SCIENCE
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Colonization
  • Environmental degradation
  • Indians of South America
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Spanish colonies
  • America
  • Bolivia
  • Peru
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The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-388) and index
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Introduction: Imperium, Metaphysical Instrumentalism, and Potosi Mining -- Grounding the Empire : Francisco de Vitoria's Political Physics -- The Impasses of Instrumentalism : Revisiting the Polemics between Sepulveda and Las Casas -- Mastering Nature : Jose de Acosta's Pragmatic Instrumentalism -- From Imperial Reason to Instrumental Reason : The Ideology of the Circle of Toledo -- The Exhaustion of Natural Subordination : Solórzano Pereira and the Demise of Metaphysical Instrumentalism
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951158159
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24 cm
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x, 404 pages
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9780822944607
Lccn
2016054048
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • 40026973658
  • 99971566053
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(OCoLC)951158159
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The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-388) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Imperium, Metaphysical Instrumentalism, and Potosi Mining -- Grounding the Empire : Francisco de Vitoria's Political Physics -- The Impasses of Instrumentalism : Revisiting the Polemics between Sepulveda and Las Casas -- Mastering Nature : Jose de Acosta's Pragmatic Instrumentalism -- From Imperial Reason to Instrumental Reason : The Ideology of the Circle of Toledo -- The Exhaustion of Natural Subordination : Solórzano Pereira and the Demise of Metaphysical Instrumentalism
Control code
951158159
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 404 pages
Isbn
9780822944607
Lccn
2016054048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 40026973658
  • 99971566053
System control number
(OCoLC)951158159

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