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Keynes, John Maynard (1883-1946)  
 
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The Relevance of His Homosexuality to His Work

It may well be that Keynes's experience as a homosexual gave him a depth of psychological and ethical insight that permitted him an awareness of and concern for those whose welfare is excluded from the dominant social thinking of European and North American societies.

Although he married and ostensibly lived heterosexually for the second half of his life, there is no doubt that homosexual life, together with its emotional and aesthetic sensibility, deeply shaped Keynes's personality. The creativity and daring of his intellectual life--particularly his ability to take unconventional stands and his skepticism towards widely-held illusions--were informed by his experience as a homosexual.

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Throughout his life Keynes strove to realize ideals of love and friendship, along with the delights of art, good conversation, and books. His economics might well be seen as an outgrowth of his vision of friendship and the good life.

Jeffrey Escoffier

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    Bibliography
   

Escoffier, Jeffrey. John Maynard Keynes. Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians. New York: Chelsea House, 1995.

Hession, Charles H. John Maynard Keynes: A Personal Biography of the Man Who Revolutionized Capitalism and the Way We Live. New York: Macmillan, 1984.

Mini, Piero V. Keynes, Bloomsbury and The General Theory. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. Ten Great Economists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Skidelsky, Robert. John Maynard Keynes: The Economist as Savior. New York: Viking, 1995.

_____. John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom 1937-1946. New York: Viking, 2001.

 

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    Author: Escoffier, Jeffrey  
    Entry Title: Keynes, John Maynard  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated November 22, 2006  
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