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Longing for the divisible within the invisible

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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...

Cardiff Garcia
Cardiff writes mostly about US macroeconomic issues, with daily excursions into other topics about which he claim no expertise. Before Alphaville, Cardiff spent a little more than two years as a reporter at Dow Jones Financial News covering investment banking, asset management, and private equity. Along the way he has written freelance pieces on a variety of other topics from behavioural psychology to Muay Thai, the latter also being a personal interest that involves frequently getting kicked in the shins (and torso, and head).

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