chapter  9
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The foundations of Keynes’ methodology

Keynes said that the readers of his book would have to endure a ‘struggle of escape’ if his critical assault upon them was to be successful. This chapter is about his ‘assault’ strategy, its comportment relative to common views of what Keynes was trying to do, and its logical possibilities of success. Since Keynes was arguing against the then predominant Marshallian neoclassical method of economic analysis, we will have to also give some more time to considering the essentials of Marshall’s methods in order to determine where Keynes might have thought he was placing the most telling blows.1