Accounting Thought (Studies in Accounting) by Louis Goldberg

By Louis Goldberg

This e-book explores the function of accountants in enterprise and society. the ultimate paintings of Louis Goldberg, Professor Emeritus on the college of Melbourne, it goals to elevate information of the lifestyles and value of primary concerns which are frequently overlooked or by-passed in modern dialogue of accounting. The 16 chapters examine precisely what accountants do in undertaking their work.This paintings will make crucial studying for students or historians of accounting, and also will curiosity philosophers and working towards accountants.

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But the very notions of both order and chaos lie within our own minds; they describe the way we see things from time to time and in particular sets of circumstances. Nowadays classification is usually discussed in accounting literature, and practised in the workplace, in terms of the sorting of items for ledger or equivalent recording and/or the preparation of accounting reports. Such classification in the accounting process is imposed, so to speak, by a predesigned chart of accounts, whether consciously and deliberately formulated in detail or not.

Administrators and professional monitors Virtually all these practitioners are or aspire to become members of a professional group which assures and safeguards the capacity of recognized members to have attained a level of acceptable performance. The activities of these organizations – institutes, societies, associations (or equivalent) – of accountants are usually steered on an honorary basis by well-respected members of the particular professional body, but administered in detail by salaried staff often specialized for their respective tasks.

It is possible, nevertheless, that an accounting ‘proposition’ may sometimes be inferred from evidence of other propositions, just as, in historical investigation, the probable or likely occurrence can sometimes be inferred from available evidence of other occurrences. Hence, when we say that accounting is necessarily concerned with the making of records, the necessity arises, not in relation to the occurrence or the existence of the record itself, but because of its evidential character and subsequent usefulness.

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