The Change in Sraffa's Philosophical Thinking
John Davis ()
No 2011-02, Working Papers and Research from Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics
The availability of Piero Sraffaï¿½s unpublished manuscripts and correspondence at Trinity College Library, Cambridge, has made it possible to begin to set out a more complete account of Sraffaï¿½s philosophical thinking than previously could be done with only his published materials and the few comments and suggestions made by others about his ideas, especially in connection with their possible impact on Ludwig Wittgensteinï¿½s later thinking. This makes a direct rather than indirect examination of Sraffaï¿½s philosophical thinking possible, and also shifts the focus from his relationship to Wittgenstein to his own thinking per se. I suggest that the previous focus, necessary as it may have been prior to the availability of the unpublished materials, involved some distortion of Sraffaï¿½s thinking by virtue of its framing in terms of Wittgensteinï¿½s concerns as reflected in the concerns of scholars primarily interested in the change in the his thinking. This paper seeks to locate these early convictions in this historical context, and then go on to treat the development of Sraffaï¿½s philosophical thinking as a process beginning from this point, arguing that his thinking underwent one significant shift around 1931, but still retained its early key assumptions. Thus the approach I will take to Sraffaï¿½s philosophical thinking is to explain it as a process of development largely within a single framework defined by his view of how modern science determines the scope and limits upon economic theorizing.
Keywords: Sraffa; supervenience physicalism; objectivism; physical real cost; Neurath; Carnap; Wittgenstein (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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