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Piero Sraffa: The Man and the Scholar
Exploring His Unpublished Papers

ISBN 9780415491518
Published September 15, 2008 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

Previously published as special issues of The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and The Review of Political Economy, this volume contains the papers devoted to the life and work of Piero Sraffa.

Sraffa was a leading intellectual of the twentieth century. He was brought to Cambridge by John Maynard Keynes and had an important impact on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. He received the golden medal Söderström of the Swedish Academy of Sciences for his edition of David Ricardo's Works and Correspondence and he is the author of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, one of the most often cited book in economics. Using hitherto unpublished material from Sraffa's literary heritage kept at Trinity College, Cambridge, the papers throw new light on the intellectual development of the young Sraffa and correct several of the received views on him and his contribution. Themes covered concern his:

  • objectivism
  • rediscovery and reformulation of the classical theory of value and distribution
  • criticism of Alfred Marshall's analysis
  • relationship with his Cambridge colleagues and friends
  • biography around the time when he left Italy for the UK
  • friendship with Wittgenstein and his impact on the latter's thinking.

Table of Contents



1. The Sraffa-enigma: Introduction  Luigi L. Pasinetti

2. Piero Sraffa: emigration and scientific activity (1921–45)  Nerio Naldi

3. Sraffa and the Marshallian tradition  Annalisa Rosselli

4. Piero Sraffa at the University of Cambridge  Maria Cristina Marcuzzo

5. On a turning point in Sraffa’s theoretical and interpretative position in the late 1920s  Pierangelo Garegnani

6. Removing an ‘insuperable obstacle’ in the way of an objectivist analysis: Sraffa’s attempts at fixed capital  Heinz D. Kurz and Neri Salvadori

7. Joint production: triumph of economic over mathematical logic?  Bertram Schefold


8. Introduction  Neri Salvadori

9. Sraffa’s lectures on continental banking: a preliminary appraisal  Marcello de Cecco

10. Piero Sraffa’s lectures on the advanced theory of value 1928–31 and the rediscovery of the classical approach  Rodolfo Signorino

11. Sraffa and Wittgenstein: physicalism and constructivism  Mathieu Marion

12. Sraffa and Gramsci: a recollection  Giorgio Napolitano

13. Representing the production and circulation of commodities in material terms: on Sraffa’s objectivism  Heinz D. Kurz and Neri Salvadori

14. Bringing the edition of Ricardo’s works to completion: the making of the general index, 1951–73  Christian Gehrke

15. The comparative statics of industry-level produced-input-use in HOS trade theory  Ian Steedman

16. Reflections on Sraffa’s legacy in economics: a review essay  Sergio Nistico` and Giorgio Rodano

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Professor Kurz is Professor of Economics at the University of Graz, Austria.

Luigi Pasinetti is Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

Neri Salvadori is Professor of Economics at the University of Pisa, Italy.