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The Essential Keynes

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Edited with an introduction by ROBERT SKIDELSKY

'Many of the greatest economic evils of our time are the fruits of risk, uncertainty, and ignorance'

John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist, and one of the most influential thinkers, of the twentieth century. He overturned the orthodoxy that markets were optimally self-regulating, and instead argued for state in
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Published January 5th 2016 by Penguin Classics
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List of Abbreviations
Keynes's World, Main Characters

The Philosopher

--'Ethics in Relation to Conduct' (1904)
--'The Political Doctrines of Edmund Burke' (1904)
--The Adding-Up Problem (1904)
--'The Principles of Probability' (1908)
--A Treatise on Probability (1921)
--'My Early Beliefs' (1938)

The Social Philosopher

--The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919)
--A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923)
--'The End of Laissez-faire' (1926)
--'Am I a Liberal?' (1925)
--'A Sho
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book is divided up by Keynes' different roles; philosopher, economist, social theorist etc. I enjoyed the early sections, but they were difficult for this lay reader to follow. I found it worthwhile to read this book if only for the section of his essays for a popular audience at the end. They were extrodinary. ...more
Paul O'Leary
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, you've read the General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money, yet you still want more? Hard to imagine(kidding), but if so, you're in luck. Penguin has released this anthology of Keynes' works making available a wide selection for a moderate price. The usual goods and evils apply to this anthology as typically come attached to any. The selection in general is ably made and covers the distance of Keynes' career from student days to the posthumous. Some sections of Keynes works get very litt ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Not finished yet. I'm about 30% of the way through but I was struggling with the dense economic bits so I'm taking a break. Finally read Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren. Interestingly Keynes whole premise is partly reliant upon an assumption that the population would not greatly increase because it seemed to be slowing down at the time. It was about 2 Billion when he wrote this essay and it's now over 7 Billion so he was wildly incorrect. I have never seen this part of his argument ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was a bit of work, but the book did a wonderful job of unearthing and bringing to light the true person in Keynes.

CAVEAT: This is NOT for a novice reader. If you cannot recognize the names of Adam Smith, Malthus, Ricardo, Mill, Hayek, or Marshall, this may be a bit confusing as his writings frequently mention these men and their works.

That being said, the ‘author’/editor, Robert Skidelsky, does a fantastic job of arranging Keyes writings into five sections: Philosopher, Social Philos
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Una gran forma de introducirse a algunos de los textos menos conocidos de Keynes y al desarrollo de su pensamiento como economista teórico, pensador de políticas públicas, filosofo y ensayista. Una muy buena lectura para los que disfrutan de la historia del pensamiento económico.
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John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes (CB, FBA), was a British economist particularly known for his influence in the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics.

Keynes married Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova in 1925.

NB: Not to be confused with his father who also was an economist. See John Neville Keynes.

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