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release date: Dec 10, 2014
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A Treatise on Probability: Complete & Indexed
The subject matter of this book was first broached in the brain of Leibniz, who, in the dissertation, written in his twenty-third year, on the mode of electing the kings of Poland, conceived of Probability as a branch of Logic. A few years before, “un problème,” in the words of Poisson, “proposé à un austère janséniste par un homme du monde, a été l’origine du calcul des probabilitiés.” In the intervening centuries the algebraical exercises, in which the Chevalier de la Méré interested Pascal, have so far predominated in the learned world over the profounder enquiries of the philosopher into those processes of human faculty which, by determining reasonable preference, guide our choice, that Probability is oftener reckoned with Mathematics than with Logic. There is much here, therefore, which is novel and, being novel, unsifted, inaccurate, or deficient. I propound my systematic conception of this subject for criticism and enlargement at the hand of others, doubtful whether I myself am likely to get much further, by waiting longer, with a work, which, beginning as a Fellowship Dissertation, and interrupted by the war, has already extended over many years. It may be perceived that I have been much influenced by W. E. Johnson, G. E. Moore, and Bertrand Russell, that is to say by Cambridge, which, with great debts to the writers of Continental Europe, yet continues in direct succession the English tradition of Locke and Berkeley and Hume, of Mill and Sidgwick, who, in spite of their divergences of doctrine, are united in a preference for what is matter of fact, and have conceived their subject as a branch rather of science than of the creative imagination, prose writers, hoping to be understood. J. M. KEYNES. King’s College, Cambridge “J’ai dit plus d’une fois qu’il faudrait une nouvelle espèce de logique, qui traiteroit des degrés de Probabilité.”—Leibniz. 1. Part of our knowledge we obtain direct; and part by argument. The Theory of Probability is concerned with that part which we obtain by argument, and it treats of the different degrees in which the results so obtained are conclusive or inconclusive. In most branches of academic logic, such as the theory of the syllogism or the geometry of ideal space, all the arguments aim at demonstrative certainty. They claim to be conclusive. But many other arguments are rational and claim some weight without pretending to be certain. In Metaphysics, in Science, and in Conduct, most of the arguments, upon which we habitually base our rational beliefs, are admitted to be inconclusive in a greater or less degree. Thus for a philosophical treatment of these branches of knowledge, the study of probability is required. The course which the history of thought has led Logic to follow has encouraged the view that doubtful arguments are not within its scope. But in the actual exercise of reason we do not wait on certainty, or doom it irrational to depend on a doubtful argument. If logic investigates the general principles of valid thought, the study of arguments, to which it is rational to attach some weight, is as much a part of it as the study of those which are demonstrative. 2. The terms certain and probable describe the various degrees of rational belief about a proposition which different amounts of knowledge authorise us to entertain. All propositions are true or false, but the knowledge we have of them depends on our circumstances; and while it is often convenient to speak of propositions as certain or probable, this expresses strictly a relationship in which they stand to a corpus of knowledge, actual or hypothetical, and not a characteristic of the propositions in themselves. A proposition is capable at the same time of varying degrees of this relationship, depending upon the knowledge to which it is related, so that it is without significance to call a proposition probable unless we specify the knowledge to which we are relating it.
release date: Jul 11, 2012
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Essays in Biography
2012 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Most of the essays in this book were first collected and published in 1933, when Keynes had reached a turning point in what had by then become a highly successful career as an academic economist, as an official economic adviser, opponent of the reparations imposed on Germany, and critic of the orthodox economic policies of British governments. Before devoting himself fully to the final stages of his journey towards the "General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money," Keynes put together these examples of one of his favorite literary genres, the psychological portrait and biographical sketch. the book now contains almost all of Keynes's biographical writings: his savage portraits of the architects of the treaty of Versailles and sketches of other politicians, including Trotsky, Montagu, Lloyd George, Balfour, Bonar Law, and Churchill; some classic accounts of the lives of economists, including Malthus, Jevons, Marshall, Edgeworth and Ramsey.
release date: Jan 23, 2009
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A Tract on Monetary Reform
This book, is devoted to the need for stable currency as the essential foundation of a healthy world economy. Describing the various effects of unstable currency on investors, business people, and wage earners, Keynes recommends the implementation of policies that aim at achieving stability of the commodity value of the dollar rather than the gold value. Keynes's brilliant, clear analysis of the world monetary situation at the beginning of the twentieth century, with his many suggestions and his masterful elucidation of economic principles, stands as a vital primer for anyone interested in developing a better understanding of basic economics and its sociopolitical implications.
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release date: Jan 01, 2003
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Teoría general de la ocupación, el interés y el dinero (Seccion de Obras de Economia (Fondo de Cultura Economica)) (Spanish Edition)
La Teoría general de lord Keynes ha adquirido un lugar tan destacado en la literatura económica de nuestros días que es difícil encontrar un libro o artículo sobre economía donde no se cite. El objeto de esta obra es ocuparse de las cuestiones de la teoría y, sólo secundariamente, de sus aplicaciones prácticas. Es, sobre todo, un estudio de las fuerzas que determinan los cambios en la escala de preocupación y de ocupación como un todo.
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release date: Jun 22, 2021
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The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money -
This book was first published following the Great Depression in the US and it is considered to be a revolutionary change in economic thought, often referred to as the Keynesian Revolution, questioning the concept that a market economy tends naturally to restore itself to full employment on its own. A necessary read for anyone interested in economic theory.
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release date: Aug 11, 2009
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The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes AND Essays In Persuasion by John Maynard Keynes
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money & Essays In Persuasion written by legendary author John Maynard Keynes are widely considered to be two of the top 100 greatest books of all time. These two great classics will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money & Essays In Persuasion are required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, the combination of these two gems by John Maynard Keynes are highly recommended. Published by Classic Books America and beautifully produced, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money & Essays In Persuasion would make an ideal gift and this two book combination should be a part of everyone's personal library.
release date: Aug 13, 2010
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Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren (The MIT Press)

Leading economists revisit a provocative essay by John Maynard Keynes, debating Keynes's vision of growth, inequality, work, leisure, entrepreneurship, consumerism, and the search for happiness in the twenty-first century.

In 1931 distinguished economist John Maynard Keynes published a short essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” in his collection Essays in Persuasion. In the essay, he expressed optimism for the economic future despite the doldrums of the post-World War I years and the onset of the Great Depression. Keynes imagined that by 2030 the standard of living would be dramatically higher; people, liberated from want (and without the desire to consume for the sake of consumption), would work no more than fifteen hours a week, devoting the rest of their time to leisure and culture. In Revisiting Keynes, leading contemporary economists consider what Keynes got right in his essay―the rise in the standard of living, for example―and what he got wrong―such as a shortened work week and consumer satiation. In so doing, they raise challenging questions about the world economy and contemporary lifestyles in the twenty-first century.

The contributors―among them, four Nobel laureates in economics―point out that although Keynes correctly predicted economic growth, he neglected the problems of distribution and inequality. Keynes overestimated the desire of people to stop working and underestimated the pleasures and rewards of work―perhaps basing his idea of “economic bliss” on the life of the English gentleman or the ideals of his Bloomsbury group friends. In Revisiting Keynes, Keynes's short essay―usually seen as a minor divertissement compared to his other more influential works―becomes the catalyst for a lively debate among some of today's top economists about economic growth, inequality, wealth, work, leisure, culture, and consumerism.

Contributors
William J. Baumol, Leonardo Becchetti, Gary S. Becker, Michele Boldrin, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Robert H. Frank, Richard B. Freeman, Benjamin M. Friedman, Axel Leijonhufvud, David K. Levine, Lee E. Ohanian, Edmund S. Phelps, Luis Rayo, Robert Solow, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fabrizio Zilibotti

release date: May 01, 1990
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Lydia and Maynard: The Letters of Lydia Lopokova and John Maynard Keynes
Correspondence between the Russian ballet dancer and English economist traces the development of their relationship
release date: Oct 11, 2016
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Indian Currency and Finance
Indian Currency and Finance is an overview of the rupee, gold standard, and banking system, writtein in 1913.
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release date: Jan 01, 1983
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The Economic Articles and Correspondence: v. 12: Investment and editorial (Collected works of Keynes)
The Economic Articles and Correspondence: Investment and editorial: Volume XII (Twelve) 12 (Collected works of John Maynard Keynes)
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