Method and Passion in Celso Furtado

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Revista da CEPAL, 84, 2004: 19-34. In Caldentey, Esteban Pérez and Matías Vernengo, eds. Ideas, Policies and Economic Developments in the Americas. Oxford: Routledge, 2007: 9-30. Originally, in Portuguese, in Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira e José Márcio Rego, orgs. (2001) A Grande Esperança em Celso Furtado [The Great Hope in Celso Furtado]. São Paulo: Editora 34: 19-43.


Abstract. The method that Celso Furtado utilizes is essentially historical; his passion - a measured passion - is for Brazil. In the second half of the twentieth century no intellectual contributed more than him for the understanding of Brazil. He was committed to its development, frustrated with its incapacity to achieve it, and always acute in analyzing the economic and political challenges that the country successively faced. In order to demonstrate these ideas, the paper presents a broad review of Furtado's work.


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