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Sraffa, Wittgenstein, and Gramsci


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  • Amartya Sen


Two distinct but interrelated issues are investigated here. The first concerns Sraffa's critical role in contemporary philosophy through his pivotal influence on Wittgenstein. The intellectual origins of this profound influence can be traced to the philosophical interests of the activist political circle in Italy (clustered around the journal L'Ordine Nuovo) to which both Sraffa and Antonio Gramsci belonged. The second inquiry concerns the influence of Sraffa's philosophical views on his economics. Sraffa's economic contributions can be much better understood by paying attention to the way Sraffa changed the nature of the questions asked, rather than seeking different answers to already established questions.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Literature.

Volume (Year): 41 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 1240-1255

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:41:y:2003:i:4:p:1240-1255

Note: DOI: 10.1257/002205103771800022
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  1. Nuno Ornelas Martins, 2012. "Mathematics, Science and the Cambridge Tradition," Economic Thought, World Economics Association, World Economics Association, vol. 1(2), pages 2, December.
  2. Stuart Holland & Teresa Carla Oliveira, 2013. "Missing Links: Hume, Smith, Kant and Economic Methodology," Economic Thought, World Economics Association, World Economics Association, vol. 2(2), pages 46, October.
  3. PARYS, Wilfried, 2013. "All but one: How pioneers of linear economics overlooked Perron-Frobenius mathematics," Working Papers 2013030, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  4. Pier Luigi Porta, 2013. "What remains of Sraffa's economics," Working Papers, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics 242, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised May 2013.


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