By John Maynard Keynes
The crucial writings of the twentieth century’s so much influential economist, accumulated in a single quantity
this present day, John Maynard Keynes is healthier remembered for his pioneering improvement of macroeconomics, and for his advocacy of lively financial and fiscal govt coverage. This uniquely finished choice of his paintings, edited by means of Keynes’s award-winning biographer Robert Skidelsky, aims to make his paintings extra obtainable to either scholars of economics and the overall reader. All of Keynes’s significant monetary paintings is integrated, but the choice is going past natural economics. right here too are Keynes’s crucial writings on philosophy, social idea and coverage, and his futurist imaginative and prescient of a global with no paintings. As Robert Skidelsky writes in his advent: “People speak of the necessity for a brand new Keynes. however the previous Keynes nonetheless has superlative knowledge to supply for a brand new age.”
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And, be it good or bad, nothing we do makes us more or less deserving of the luck we receive. If ultimate responsibility is an incoherent concept, the notion of desert – that we can be truly deserving of reward or punishment – also loses meaning. If we are not truly responsible for what we do, then what we do cannot make us more or less deserving of pain or pleasure, suffering or joy. 44 I should add that there is another use of the word ‘deserve’ that is not affected by these views on responsibility.
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