Keynes on Organicism: Comment
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Routledge (M.E. Sharpe)
Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
Roy Rotheim has recently argued in this journal (1988) that J.M. Keynes' concern with uncertainty in The General Theory stems from his abandonment of an atomist methodology for an organicist one, and that this fundamentally distinguishes his thinking from the atomist methodological perspective of neoclassical economics. While Rotheim's discussion demonstrates considerable insight into the philosophical aspects of Keynes' thinking, there is nonetheless some reason to doubt that Keynes did change his thinking about atomism and orgnicism. The discussion here questions whether this reversal occurred; first, a number of the texts in which Keynes concerns himself with atomist and organicism are reexamined, and second, the requirements of an organicist methodology are analyzed.