The Philosophical Keynesianism agenda: origins and perspectives

Vol. 20 No. 2 (2000)

Apr-Jun / 2000
Published April 1, 2000
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Andrade, Rogerio P. de. 2000. “The Philosophical Keynesianism Agenda: Origins and Perspectives”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 20 (2):267-86.

The Philosophical Keynesianism agenda: origins and perspectives

Rogerio P. de Andrade
Departamento de Economia, University College, London, England.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 20 No. 2 (2000), Apr-Jun / 2000, Pages 267-286


This paper addresses what I label Philosophical Keynesianism, mapping out its
historical and analytical origins and pointing out its perspectives as an alternative benchmark.
Its historical emergence is related to some theoretical and methodological research
results within the post-Keynesian school of economic thought. An assumption is made as
to the proper place Philosophical Keynesianism will have in the future, for its scope of investigation
is becoming much more comprehensive and inclusive than the economic school
which engendered it. The paper reviews some major contributions of this new field of inquiry,
such as the books of Carabelli, O’Donnell and Davis. It also seeks to reinforce the case
that, as it is quite clear from Keynes’ approach to economic theorizing, economics should be
seen as a moral and socio-historical science rather than a natural science, and that a more realistic and relevant study of economic phenomena should be grounded on some sort of
interdisciplinary research.

JEL Classification: B22; A12; A13.

Keywords: Keynsianism economics and philosophy history of economic thought