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How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life von [Skidelsky, Edward, Skidelsky, Robert]
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A crisp and pungent book (Rowan Williams Prospect)

"How much is enough?" is a good question. Anyone who sets store by capitalism and markets will find [this] book uncomfortable reading. It should be read all the same (Economist)

A truly innovative and radical perspective on reshaping the economy ... thought-stirring and extremely refreshing (John Gray Guardian)

A welcome call to reinvigorate society's ethical aspect and bring about the good life for everyone (New Yorker)

In their thoughtful book, the Skidelskys move seamlessly from the abstract to the concrete; from philosophy to public policy. They note that Keynes's futuristic essay was ignored as the world sank into the Great Depression. Will we again ignore this call to imagine a better future? (Jon Cruddas MP Independent)


In 1930 the great economist Keynes predicted that, over the next century, income would rise steadily, people's basic needs would be met and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Why was he wrong?

Robert and Edward Skidelsky argue that wealth is not - or should not be - an end in itself, but a means to 'the good life'. Tracing the concept from Aristotle to the present, they show how far modern life has strayed from that ideal. They reject the idea that there is any single measure of human progress, whether GDP or 'happiness', and instead describe the seven elements which, they argue, make up the good life, and the policies that could realize them.

ROBERT SKIDELSKY is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His biography of Keynes received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He was made a life peer in 1991, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

EDWARD SKIDELSKY is a lecturer in the Philosophy Department of the University of Exeter. He contributes regularly to the New Statesman, Spectator and Prospect. His previous books include The Conditions of Goodness and Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 824 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (28. Juni 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0241953898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241953891
  • ASIN: B0082XLZN8
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How much money do you need to lead a good life? What is the good life anyway? In their book How Much Is Enough? Robert and Edward Skidelsky try to get to the bottom of these and related questions.
In 1930 the great economist Keynes said that by 2030 most people would work only 15 hours a week, devoting the rest of their time to leisure. Obviously he was mistaken in his assumption, and the authors show why and how he went wrong with his idea.
There are many books dealing with economy and money, our desires and needs. Some grant a rather cursory glance at our needs and wants while others present an intricate picture of the mechanisms involved. This book is most definitely one of the latter, so don't expect a light and entertaining read on how we spend too much on stuff we don't really need. This one's deep, needs to sink in, get thoroughly digested!
This concise study literally has it all - from economic history to philosophy the reader can indulge in a many-layered work which ultimately makes one rethink our own perceptions of work, time and money. Might Keynes be proven right after all one day? Are the structural solutions offered feasible? Could society establish a basis for the good life we strive for? There are no ultimate answers to be found here, yet plenty of food for thought.
In short: A thought-provoking analysis showcasing the economic insatiability of our society!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Penguin. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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SKIDELSKY Robert; SKIDELSKY Edward: „How much is enough? Money and the Good Life“, London 2012
Father and son have written a book. At a conference in Dürnstein I could hear these theses from fathers voice. This gave the impetus to read the book.
For interesting pages of a book I always make a dog-ear in the page. In this book, I would have almost all of the pages with such a "dog- ear" provided.
The very first sentence: „Nothing is enough fort he man to whom enough is too little.“
Capitalism has brought on one hand, an improvement of the human condition, but at the same time reinforced greed, envy and avarice . Our Western culture - influenced by religion - but has different principles and sees avarice is a vice.
The "western world" is so well developed that it would be sufficient that only 15 hours per week is worked and everyone would be still satisfied . You would not get less money. "...The material conditions of the good life already exist, at least in the affluent parts of the world , but that the blind pursuit of growth puts it continually out od reach.“ (Page 13)
The income has risen continuously in recent decades, but the happiness of the people has not kept pace. The rich have become even richer. "in the 1970 the pay of a top American CEO was under 30 times that of the average worker; today it is 263 times." (Page 30)
The authors confront questions such as "What is wealth for? How much money do we need to lead a good life?" (Page 5)
The authors are not compliant with the classic environmentalists to make the growth responsible for climate change. They even think that "It might rather require us to persevere with growth, so as to finance the technologies needed to mitigate ist consequences.
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