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Magnificent Trespasser

December 12, 2012

Albert Hirschman, an economist who became one of the greatest of the 20th century?s moral philosophers, died Sunday at age 97. Hirschman?s intellectual odyssey took him from the study of eastern European economies under Hitler to work as a development economist for the Federal Reserve Board, then in Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s, as an adviser to the Colombian Planning Ministry, and then to engagement with the enduring questions of economy and society from the 1970s until illness suspended his active life. Along the way he taught at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

To the extent that Hirschman is

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