Since no one is guessing…

Virginia Woolf: "And what d'you feel about immortality, Maynard?"

John Maynard Keynes: "I am an idealist, and therefore on the whole I suppose I think that something may continue. Clearly the brain is the only exciting thing — matter does not exist."


  1. Wow, so now it's *really* a mystery why he only cared about the short run with his economic policies, huh Gene?

    I kid, I kid.

  2. I was thinking it was Watson posing the question to Sherlock Holmes. A similar social background at least

  3. Idealism seems to have been quite the fashion among Brits educated during the first decades of the 20th.

    1. Its peak was about 1900, when it dominated philosophy in the Anglo-speaking world. On this side of the pond, W. James, C.S. Peirce, and J. Royce were famous proponents of idealism.

  4. "And what d'you feel about immortality, Ken B?"

    "I'll take two."


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