Engineering Culture and the Civilizing Mission

Patrick Carroll

in Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932807 | DOI:
Engineering Culture and the Civilizing Mission

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between engine science and government with respect to philosophy, colonial statecraft, and the civilizing mission. It notes that Hobbes was among the first to raise alarm about the prospect of “experimental politics,” a politics he believed to be implied by Boyle's agenda for natural philosophy. It positions Hobbes's Leviathan in relation to Machiavelli's Prince and William Petty's Political Anatomy of Ireland, arguing that Petty's work represents a key shift in the science and art of government. It employs Petty to illustrate the role of engine science in the designs of English government in Ireland, particularly in terms of cartography, surveying, censuses, political arithmetic, and political economy.

Keywords: engine science; government; philosophy; colonial statecraft; civilizing mission; experimental politics; Hobbes; William Petty; Ireland; cartography

Chapter.  12657 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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