This paper investigates the hitherto neglected topic of Keynes’s views on the writing of economics, especially the writing of innovative or path-breaking works. The main source materials are his writings in the 1920s and 30s, chiefly his comments on other economists and his reflections on his own experiences. The ideas expressed in these documents are reduced to five underlying principles. It is argued that these principles are pregnant with implications, not only for understanding Keynes’s writing practices, the clarity of his writings, and the interpretation of his works, but also for the writing of all works in economics regardless of time, place, type and author
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