Statens livsnødvendige cirkulation

Handel som livsvigtigt princip for den moderne stat

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

The article analyzes the role of trade in the constitution of the modern state in 17th century England. The article focuses on the metaphor of the body politic and especially the ideas on circulation from William Harvey and how these can be used to analyze Thomas Hobbes’ ideas on trade and circulation in Leviathan and the economic thought of William Petty. Harvey’s thoughts on circulation were revolutionary and highly influential on the political and economic thoughts of the time. Even though Hobbes is mainly focused on law and sovereignty, he still characterizes circulation and trade as a vital motion, not subject to the will of the sovereign. Combined with his notion that the sovereign is the holder of an office, who must administer the wellbeing of the state, this opens up for the analysis that what the sovereign is administering is in reality the necessary motions of trade and the economy in general. This is also seen in one of the most prominent of the mercantilist economic thinkers of the age, William Petty, who in his economic thinking contributed to the constitution of the economy as a given field with a given logic which the ruler could not fundamentally change, but had to understand and act in accordance with in order to govern well.
Original languageDanish
JournalK & K: Kultur & Klasse
Volume45
Issue number124
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
ISSN0905-6998
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Cite this

@article{6d7317491c15434b9b7d4499f8b62119,
title = "Statens livsn{\o}dvendige cirkulation: Handel som livsvigtigt princip for den moderne stat",
abstract = "The article analyzes the role of trade in the constitution of the modern state in 17th century England. The article focuses on the metaphor of the body politic and especially the ideas on circulation from William Harvey and how these can be used to analyze Thomas Hobbes’ ideas on trade and circulation in Leviathan and the economic thought of William Petty. Harvey’s thoughts on circulation were revolutionary and highly influential on the political and economic thoughts of the time. Even though Hobbes is mainly focused on law and sovereignty, he still characterizes circulation and trade as a vital motion, not subject to the will of the sovereign. Combined with his notion that the sovereign is the holder of an office, who must administer the wellbeing of the state, this opens up for the analysis that what the sovereign is administering is in reality the necessary motions of trade and the economy in general. This is also seen in one of the most prominent of the mercantilist economic thinkers of the age, William Petty, who in his economic thinking contributed to the constitution of the economy as a given field with a given logic which the ruler could not fundamentally change, but had to understand and act in accordance with in order to govern well.",
keywords = "Stat, Handel, Circulation, Thomas Hobbes, William Harvey, William Petty, Kropspolitik",
author = "{Hein Jessen}, Mathias",
year = "2017",
language = "Dansk",
volume = "45",
pages = "71--88",
journal = "K & K: Kultur & Klasse",
issn = "0905-6998",
publisher = "Medusa",
number = "124",

}

Statens livsnødvendige cirkulation : Handel som livsvigtigt princip for den moderne stat. / Hein Jessen, Mathias .

In: K & K: Kultur & Klasse, Vol. 45, No. 124, 2017, p. 71-88.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Statens livsnødvendige cirkulation

T2 - Handel som livsvigtigt princip for den moderne stat

AU - Hein Jessen, Mathias

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - The article analyzes the role of trade in the constitution of the modern state in 17th century England. The article focuses on the metaphor of the body politic and especially the ideas on circulation from William Harvey and how these can be used to analyze Thomas Hobbes’ ideas on trade and circulation in Leviathan and the economic thought of William Petty. Harvey’s thoughts on circulation were revolutionary and highly influential on the political and economic thoughts of the time. Even though Hobbes is mainly focused on law and sovereignty, he still characterizes circulation and trade as a vital motion, not subject to the will of the sovereign. Combined with his notion that the sovereign is the holder of an office, who must administer the wellbeing of the state, this opens up for the analysis that what the sovereign is administering is in reality the necessary motions of trade and the economy in general. This is also seen in one of the most prominent of the mercantilist economic thinkers of the age, William Petty, who in his economic thinking contributed to the constitution of the economy as a given field with a given logic which the ruler could not fundamentally change, but had to understand and act in accordance with in order to govern well.

AB - The article analyzes the role of trade in the constitution of the modern state in 17th century England. The article focuses on the metaphor of the body politic and especially the ideas on circulation from William Harvey and how these can be used to analyze Thomas Hobbes’ ideas on trade and circulation in Leviathan and the economic thought of William Petty. Harvey’s thoughts on circulation were revolutionary and highly influential on the political and economic thoughts of the time. Even though Hobbes is mainly focused on law and sovereignty, he still characterizes circulation and trade as a vital motion, not subject to the will of the sovereign. Combined with his notion that the sovereign is the holder of an office, who must administer the wellbeing of the state, this opens up for the analysis that what the sovereign is administering is in reality the necessary motions of trade and the economy in general. This is also seen in one of the most prominent of the mercantilist economic thinkers of the age, William Petty, who in his economic thinking contributed to the constitution of the economy as a given field with a given logic which the ruler could not fundamentally change, but had to understand and act in accordance with in order to govern well.

KW - Stat

KW - Handel

KW - Circulation

KW - Thomas Hobbes

KW - William Harvey

KW - William Petty

KW - Kropspolitik

UR - https://sfx-45cbs.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/45cbs?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_ctx_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&ctx_enc=info:ofi/enc:UTF-8&ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rfr_id=info:sid/sfxit.com:azlist&sfx.ignore_date_threshold=1&rft.object_id=110992357273366&rft.object_portfolio_id=&svc.holdings=yes&svc.fulltext=yes

M3 - Tidsskriftartikel

VL - 45

SP - 71

EP - 88

JO - K & K: Kultur & Klasse

JF - K & K: Kultur & Klasse

SN - 0905-6998

IS - 124

ER -