The master's metamorphosis: Remarks on the intellectual Keynes' path

  • Frederico Mazzucchelli Professor Adjunto do Instituto de Economia da Unicamp
Keywords: John Maynard Keynes, General Theory of Employment, Interest rate and Money, Post-Keynesian Theory


Even though the title above may be read as pretentious, it is not. Going deeper into Keynes's intellectual trajectory would require a careful read of all thirty volumes of the collected writings of John Maynard Keynes, and it is not the aim of this paper. However, standing on giants' shoulders makes things easier. Based on Skidelsk's, Dostaler's, Carter's, and Belluzzos' remarks on Keynes, it is possible to point out the author's theoretical inflection points. It's worthing to note that nothing is forever regarding interpretations of great minds. The text aims to point out the great lines of Keynes' reasoning until the general theory's publication in 1936. It is not about a theoretical discussion that aspires to detail Keynes's concepts. Still, it will provide a comparative framework to build the bases of his intellectual approach. The starting point relies on the environment in which Keynes lived.


Download data is not yet available.


Belluzzo, L.G. M. (2012), As Teorias Econômicas de Keynes - Fundadores do Pensamento [Balanço do Século XX / Paradigmas do Século XXI] - TV Cultura

_________. (2016), O Tempo de Keynes nos Tempos do Capitalismo - Editora Facamp e Editora Contra Corrente - São Paulo.

Cardim Carvalho, F. (1983), Sobre a Necessidade de se Ler Keynes - Boletim IERJ nº 24

Carter, Zachary D. (2020), The Price of Peace - Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes - Random House - New York.

Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes, (1971), The (CWJMK) - MacMillan - Cambridge University Press for The Royal Economic Society.

Dostaler, Gilles. (2007), Keynes and his Battles - Edward Elgar - Cheltenham (UK).

Keynes, J. Maynard. (1919), The Economic Consequences of the Peace, CWJMK, II.

________. (1925a), A Short View of Russia, CWJMK, IX.

________. (1925b), The Economic Consequences of Mr. Churchill, CWJMK, IX.

________. (1925c), Am I a Liberal?, CWJMK IX.

________. (1926), The End of Laissez-Faire, CWJMK, IX.

________. (1929), Can Lloyd George Do It?, CWJMK IX.

________. (1930a), A Treatise on Money, CWJMK, V e VI.

________. (1930b), The Economic Possibilities of our Grandchildren, CWJMK, IX.

________. (1931), Essays in Persuasion, CWJMK, IX.

________. (1933a), Essays in Biography, CWJMK, X.

________. (1933b), The General Theory and After - A Supplement, CWJMK XXIX.

________. (1933c), The Means to Prosperity, CWJMK IX.

________. (31/12/1933), Keynes to Roosevelt, CWJMK XXI.

________. (1934a), Can America Spend Its Way Into Recovery?, CWJMK XXI.

________. (1934b), Agenda for the President, CWJMK XXI.

________. (1937a), How to Avoid a Slump, CWJMK XXI.

________. (1937b), The General Theory of Employment, CWJMK XIV.

________. (1938), My Early Beliefs, CWJMK, X.

Lima, L.A.O. (1997), Keynes e o Fim do Laissez-Faire, in Estudo Sobre a Economia do Capitalismo - uma Visão Keynesiana - Bienal - São Paulo.

Maddison, A.(1991), Dynamic Forces in Capitalist Development - A Long-Run Comparative View - Oxford University Press - Oxford - New York.

Mazzucchelli, F. (2009), Os Anos de Chumbo - Economia e Política Internacional no Entreguerras - Editora Unesp e Editora Facamp - Campinas.

Nunes Ferreira, A. (maio, 2014), Keynes e Competição Imperfeita - Instituto de Economia Unicamp - Texto para Discussão nº 232.

________. (junho, 2014), A Controvérsia Pigou- Keynes - Instituto de Economia Unicamp - Texto para Discussão nº 237 (junho 2014).

Skidelsky, R. (1996), Keynes - Coleção Past Masters - Oxford University Press - Oxford - New York.

________. (2005), John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946. Economist, Philosopher, Statesman (2003) - Penguin Books - London (2003). Tradução castelhana com o título Keynes - RBA - Barcelona (2013).

________. (2009), Keynes - The Return of the Master - Public Affairs - New York.

________. (2015), The Essential Keynes - Penguin Books - Penguin Random House - UK.

How to Cite
Mazzucchelli, F. (2022). The master’s metamorphosis: Remarks on the intellectual Keynes’ path. Brazilian Keynesian Review, 8(2), 151-183.