Piero Sraffa, Unorthodox Economist (1898-1983): A Biographical Essay

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Piero Sraffa's work has given rise to a deep and lasting controversy in economic thought, yet we know surprisingly little about the man behind the theory. A friend of Gramsci, a colleague of Keynes and a correspondent of Wittgenstein, Piero Sraffa made important

contributions to economics, politics and philosophy for over sixty years.

Piero Sraffa, Unorthodox Economist (1898-1983) details the rich and varied intellectual and political life of this key figure in economic theory. Jean-Pierre Potier traces the evolution of

Sraffa from his student days, to his extended period as a librarian at Cambridge, to his political development in Italy where he was forced to flee Mussolini's regime. The book gives particular emphasis to Sraffa's relationship with Gramsci, detailing both their protracted and

wide-ranging philosophical discussions and his central role in preserving The Prison Notebooks.

It is for his work in Cambridge that Sraffa is most widely known. The Cambridge he found was on the threshold of the Keynesian revolution, but the contributions he made

transcended economics and were to influence Ramsey and Wittgenstein, among others. The book concludes with a discussion of Sraffa's masterworks, the edition of Ricardo's Collected Works, and Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities.

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A friend of Gramsci, a colleague of Keynes, and a correspondent of Wittgenstein, Sraffa made contributions to economics, politics, and philosophy for over 60 years. Potier discusses his intellectual evolution from his student days to his extended period as librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics in Cambridge, concluding with a discussion of the slow evolution of Sraffa's masterworks, the edition of Ricardo's Collected works and Production of commodities by means of commodities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415059596
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/24/1991
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Formative Years of a Young Economist 2. Affinities with Communism 3. First Years in Cambridge 4. The Publication of Ricardo's Collected Works and Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities

contribution to economics. (Southern Economic Journal)

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