John Neville Keynes

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John Neville Keynes
Born(1852-08-31)31 August 1852
Salisbury, England
Died15 November 1949(1949-11-15) (aged 97)
Cambridge, England
Occupation(s)Academic, philosopher, economist
SpouseFlorence Ada Brown
Children3, including John and Geoffrey
Academic background
EducationAmersham Hall
Alma mater
Academic work
Main interestsApplied economics, macroeconomics
Notable ideasMethodenstreit, formal logic

John Neville Keynes (/ˈknz/ KAYNZ; 31 August 1852 – 15 November 1949) was a British economist and father of John Maynard Keynes.


Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Keynes was the child of John Keynes (1805–1878) and his wife Anna Maynard Neville (1821–1907). He was educated at Amersham Hall School, University College London and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow in 1876.[1] He held a lectureship in Moral Sciences from 1883 to 1911. He was elected as Registrary in 1910, and held that office until 1925.

He divided economics into "positive economy" (the study of what is, and the way the economy works), "normative economy" (the study of what should be), and the "art of economics" (applied economics). The art of economics relates the lessons learned in positive economics to the normative goals determined in normative economics. He tried to synthesise deductive and inductive reasoning as a solution to the "Methodenstreit". His main works were:

In 1882 he married Florence Ada Brown,[2] who was later a Mayor of Cambridge. They had two sons and a daughter:

He represented Cambridge University six times in the annual chess match against Oxford University and is the joint holder of the record for most appearances on either side. [3]

He outlived his elder son by three years; he died in Cambridge, aged 97.

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  1. ^ "Keynes, John Neville (KNS872JN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "Keynes, John Neville". Who's Who. 59: 980–981. 1907.
  3. ^ "John Saunders's Chess Pages: Varsity Chess Matches, 1873 to present: Oxford vs Cambridge Universities".


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