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  1. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    My new book about Acheloios and Thales should be available soon. Not many people realize that philosophy (traditionally understood) and coinage emerged in nearly the same place at the same time, and that the two enterprises share an intimate bond--according to some commentators (not me), coinage literally caused philosophy. If you are interested in the intersection of philosophy and numismatics you'll love this book, I guarantee it!

    I'll post links when it is available!

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  3. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Sounds fascinating, but likely way beyond my ability to comprehend. Is there a difference between a Marxian and a Marxist?
  4. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    Congratulations Nicholas! I am curious to have a look once it's out. I haven't heard much about these proposed links between coinage and philosophy.
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  5. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations -- this sounds fascinating! Whatever the relationship between coinage and philosophy (or absence of relationship), I'm looking forward to seeing what you send others have said about it. As a collector it is easy to get lost in the coins themselves, so I'm always grateful for any discussion that reminds me of and makes me think about the broader material and ideological context.
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  6. Nicholas Molinari

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    Not really, though I usually use Marxist in the political sense and Marxian in the philosophical sense.
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  7. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    This sounds very intriguing as I'm currently reading Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist - How Prosperity Evolves. In short, Ridley puts forward, very convincingly, that free trade and the benefits of commerce, technology, and innovation actually fueled philosophy and moral theory, etc. He analyzes a great deal of ancient economic history and shows how commerce was not just an element of cultural evolution but the very foundation of it. Unfortunately Ridley does not deal with money in any great depth, other than to say that it was a critical invention in the history of commerce (as we all know) because it greased the wheels of trade. I'll be very interested in reading this new book.
  8. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I’ll post the preview to my academia page soon where folks can see the abstract, contents, and essentials of the argument.
  9. kirispupis

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    Sounds like an interesting book. Does this also pertain to the Hellenistic period, or is it mainly before?
  10. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    The argument concerns the origin of philosophy and coinage, 7th to 6th century BC, but to understand Thales there were many later thinkers I studied, a few of them Hellenistic (especially Aristotle and Theophrastus). If you mean Hellenistic coinage, no, I do not discuss Hellenistic coinage in its relation to the philosophical movements of the time.
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  11. savitale

    savitale Well-Known Member

    Looks interesting!
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  13. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Looks good Nicholas - I'll pick up a copy.
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  14. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I appreciate your support. I wish I could give them away but unfortunately the publisher wouldn’t like that
  15. Cachecoins

    Cachecoins Historia Moneta Supporter

    Looks very interesting, I may grab a copy. Congrats as well.
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  16. Nicholas Molinari

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    I ordered about 50 presentation copies and I may have some left over at a discounted rate that I'd make available here and at Forvm, but I won't know until I've finalized my list. The sticker price is 60 GBP for hardcover. I don't pay that and I can pass savings on to those who are really interested. But I have to make sure I have enough, first.
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  17. benhur767

    benhur767 Sapere aude

    Hi Nick, I'm interested in buying one of your copies at a discounted rate. Should I message you directly?
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  18. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I won’t know for certain if I have extra for a couple week when I have a chance to go through everything—but yes PM and I’ll reserve one for you.
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  20. Nicholas Molinari

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    Books have arrived. I will have about 20 extra. $50 shipped (retail is $75 not including shipping). PM to order.
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