The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Oresme, Nicholas (1325–1382)

  • Barry Gordon
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A noted mathematician and physicist and Bishop of Lisieux (1377–82), Oresme was a close friend and adviser of Charles V of France. Because of the frequent currency debasements of his era, he contributed a most influential treatise on money, Tractatus de origine natura jure, et mutationibus monetarum (c1360). Other works by Oresme of interest to economists are his commentaries on Aristotle’s politics, economics, and ethics.

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Aquinas, St. Thomas Biel, G. Buridan de Bethune, J. Debasement Langenstein, H. von Money as standard of value Oresme, N. William of Ockham 
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