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The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics
Probability, Uncertainty and Convention

ISBN 9780415312448
Published July 18, 2003 by Routledge
291 Pages

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Book Description

John  Maynard  Keynes  was  arguably  the  most  influential  Western  economist  ofthe  twentieth  century.  His  emphasis  on  the  nature  and  role  of  uncertainty  ineconomics is a dominant theme in his writings.

This book brings together a wide array of experts on Keynes’s contributions tothe  philosophy  of  probability  and  to  economics,  including  Gay  Tulip  Meeks,Sheila Dow and John Davis. Themes covered include:

  • Keynesian probability and uncertainty
  • the foundations of Keynes’s economics
  • the relationship between Keynes’s earlier and later thought

The  Philosophy  of  Keynes’s  Economics  is  a  readable  and  comprehensive  bookthat  will  interest  students  and  academics  interested  in  the  man  and  his  thought.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Probability, Uncertainty and Choice Part 2. Continuity Issues Part 3. Social Ontology Part 4. Convention Part 5. Methodology Part 6. Looking Ahead

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Jochen Runde is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge (UK); Fellow and Graduate Tutor at Girton College, Cambridge (UK); and Associate Director of the Professional Practice Programme, Cambridge-Massachusetts Institute (USA).

Sohei Mazuhara is Professor of Economics at Ryukoku University, Japan.


'An extremely useful introduction to the Keynes and philosophy literature that has the great advantage of letting the participants in controversies speak for themselves.' -- D.E. Moggridge, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada.

'Afficionados of the old economics literature know that Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, Malthus's Principles ..., Marshall's Industry & Trade, and Commons's Legal Foundations likely surpass in originality and insights the books for which these worthies are generally known. So too Maynard Keynes's Treatise on Probability surpasses his more popular reads. This significant volume brings together 18 critical essays (plus an Introduction that truly orients the reader) which serve to reintroduce Keynes's brilliance to readers who have read and perhaps tired of his General Theory. Cambridge is not yet done with Keynes, and the profession is not yet done with Cambridge.' Mark Perlman, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

'[It is] a very useful addition to an already considerable literature, and it can replace in part the reading of the totality of this literature. It deserves to be added to reading lists of all courses on Keynes.' -- Economics and Philosophy