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The Resource The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor, (electronic resource)

The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor, (electronic resource)

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The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru
Title
The matter of empire
Title remainder
metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru
Statement of responsibility
Orlando Bentancor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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
  • "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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DLC
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Bentancor, Orlando
Dewey number
984/.14
LC call number
F3341.P7
LC item number
B46 2017
Series statement
Illuminations : cultural formations of the Americas series
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  • Indians of South America
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Environmental degradation
  • Metaphysics
  • Instrumentalism (Philosophy)
  • Imperialism
  • Potosí (Bolivia : Department)
  • Potosí (Bolivia : Department)
  • Spain
  • Peru
  • HISTORY / Latin America / South America
  • SCIENCE / History
  • PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
Label
The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-388) and index
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
  • 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
OCM1bookssj0001831111
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780822944607
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2016054048
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001831111
Label
The matter of empire : metaphysics and mining in colonial Peru, Orlando Bentancor, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-388) and index
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
  • 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
OCM1bookssj0001831111
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780822944607
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2016054048
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001831111

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