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Conclusion: Don't Believe Everything You Read

in The Disordered Police State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226870205
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226870229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226870229.003.0006
Conclusion: Don't Believe Everything You Read

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The documents in Gotha's secret archive were unequivocal about the purpose of the Kammer. The public discourse of the cameral sciences and the secret discourse of the Kammer are explained. The cameral sciences lived parasitically from the status and secrecy of the Kammer. In their public lives, cameralists remade disordered worlds into well-ordered police states; in their secret lives, they confronted a universe of failing mines and cheating officials, of recalcitrant nature and deceitful humanity. Cameralists were fiscal propagandists. They were also not what they seemed to be. The cameralists had every reason to suggest that systematic knowledge, carefully cultivated by good princes and their officials, would benefit the general welfare. They had every reason to connect the sciences with discipline, prosperity, and material progress.

Keywords: Gotha; Kammer; cameral sciences; cameralists; fiscal propagandists; welfare

Chapter.  4076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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