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Piero Sraffa [electronic resource] : his life, thought, and cultural heritage /
Alessandro Roncaglia.
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London : Routledge, 2000.
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129 p.
ISBN
0415234808
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Book
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London : Routledge, 2000.
isbn
0415234808
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8029072
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-06-01:
As a young man Piero Sraffa came from Italy to London in the mid-1920s after publishing some brilliant criticisms of the then-prevailing economic theory (Marshallian neoclassicism). Convinced that the neoclassical value theory based on demand-and-supply equilibrium was fundamentally flawed, he eventually sought to develop an alternative theoretical structure--one that harkened back to the political economy of the English classical economists and to Marx, in which "economic surplus" would play an integral, indeed central, role in the determination of economic value. Roncagia's small volume of three chapters effectively reviews Sraffa's life, briefly discusses his positive theoretical formulations, and then presents the variety of paths that Sraffa's adherents have followed. The book suffers in translation from Italian and is unnecessarily repetitive. Moreover, its elaboration of Sraffa's positive theoretical contributions is insufficient to provide a full appreciation of his work; readers will have to exploit the rather extensive bibliography for this purpose. Nevertheless, this book is useful in bringing Sraffa to the attention of English-speaking readers. Graduate and research collections. J. Murdock emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia
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This is a lively, intellectual biography of a leading protagonist of 20th century culture and his relations with other protagonists, such as Gramsci, Keynes and Wittgenstein. The book includes an authoritative interpretation of his main work Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities , a survey of the debates which followed its publication, and hence of the subsequent research strategies undertaken by different 'Sraffian schools'
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This work re-examines Sraffa's intellectual biography. It presents an interpretation of his main work, Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, and provides a survey of the Sraffian schools.
Main Description
This important new book illuminates our understanding of Sraffa and his work in three key areas. Firstly, Roncaglia re-examines Sraffa's intellectual biography, including his friendships with Gramsci, Wittgenstein and Keynes. Secondly, the book presents a new interpretation of his main work,Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities. Finally, the author provides a survey of the 'Sraffian schools', bringing Italian debates on Sraffa to an English-speaking audience.
Main Description
This is a lively, intellectual biography of a leading protagonist of 20th century culture and his relations with other protagonists, such as Gramsci, Keynes and Wittgenstein. The book includes an authoritative interpretation of his main work Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, a survey of the debates which followed its publication, and hence of the subsequent research strategies undertaken by different 'Sraffian schools'
Table of Contents
Introduction
Piero Sraffa
The early writings: money and banking
Friendship with Gramsci
Criticism of Marshallian theory
Imperfect competition
Criticism of the representative firm
Cambridge
Wittgenstein
Friendship with Keynes and the criticism of Hayek
The critical edition of Ricardo's writings
Production of Commodities by Means of Commdities
Critique of the marginalist approach
The Sraffian revolution
'Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities' between criticism of the marginalist approach and reconstruction of the classical approach
Introduction
The quantities produced assumption
The clash between the classical and marginalist approaches
Sraffa and Wittgenstein: the problem of method in economics
Sraffa and Keynes
Summing up
The Sraffian Schools
Introduction
The critique of the marginalist theory
The rediscovery of the classical approach
The analytical contributions stemming from Sraffa
The 'Ricardian' reconstruction: Pasinetti
The 'Marxian' reconstruction: Garegnani
The 'Smithian' reconstruction: Sylos Labini
A preliminary evaluation of the three lines of enquiry
Conclusions
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