The economist Albert O Hirschman loved to reintroduce forgotten historical thinkers in his writing, and he delighted in the discovery of the invisible, those hidden intellectual currents running beneath the contemporary trends of his time.Not aiming just to scold the followers of the latest intellectual fashions, Hirschman wanted to reveal the circumstances in which the same idea emerges again and again through the ages, with new thinkers each time believing they had made the discovery themselves. “The Passions and the Interests”, his gorgeous little book about the evolving justifications for capitalism dating to Machiavelli, even includes a mild chiding of Keynes for having ignored those very justifications and thinking his own contribution original.Hirschman published “Social Conflicts
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The economist Albert O Hirschman loved to reintroduce forgotten historical thinkers in his...