John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was the most important economist of the twentieth century. He was also a philosopher who wrote on ethics and the theory of probability and was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists. In this volume contributors from a wide range of disciplines offer new interpretations of Keynes's thought, explain the links between Keynes's philosophy and his economics, and place his work and Keynesianism - the economic theory, the principles of economic policy, and the political philosophy - in their historical context. Chapter topics include Keynes's philosophical engagement with G. E. Moore and Franz Brentano, his correspondence, the role of his General Theory in the creation of modern macroeconomics, and the many meanings of Keynesianism. New readers will find this the most convenient, accessible guide to Keynes currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Keynes.
1. A cunning purchase: the life and work of Maynard Keynes Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman; 2. The Keynesian revolution in economic theory Roger Backhouse; 3. Keynes and the birth of modern macroeconomics David Laidler; 4. Keynes as a Marshallian Axel Leijonhufvud; 5. Doctor Keynes: economic theory in a diagonistic science Kevin Hoover; 6. Keynes and economic policy George Peden; 7. Keynes and Cambridge Maria Cristina Marcuzzo; 8. Keynes and his correspondence Donald Moggridge; 9. Keynes and philosophers Tiziano Raffaelli; 10. Keynes and probability Donald Gillies; 11. Keynes and ethics Thomas Baldwin; 12. The art of an ethical life: Keynes and Bloomsbury Craufurd Goodwin; 13. Keynes between modernism and post modernism Matthias Klaes; 14. Keynes's political philosophy Samuel Brittan; 15. Keynes and Keynesianism Bradley Bateman.
Roger E. Backhouse is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham. He has published extensively on the history and methodology of economics. Bradley W. Bateman is Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics at Grinnell College, Iowa. His publications include Keynes s Uncertain Revolution (1996).
Reviews for The Cambridge Companion to Keynes
'... I think this volume is written to a high standard, its scholarship is solid and it is of good value to different audiences for different reasons. ... In the case of Keynes studies we have now evolved to the stage where current commentary is often written on the secondary literature, as each of these entries somewhat involves. But each is also loaded with references that should point interested readers to the relevant parts of Keynes's own original work, and that of his contemporaries and successors, for a long time to come.' Church History This is not simply (yet another) ad hoc collection of essays. It is that rare and commendable thing, a colleciton of essays with an argument and purpose. These essays make a new view of Keynes available to a broad audience. --Jay Foster, Memorial University: Philosophy in Review