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Rediscovering Albert Hirschman

May 16, 2013

To consider the life story of development economist turned moral philosopher Albert Hirschman is to appreciate that no other generation is likely to accumulate the experience of the European émigrés to America who came of age just before World War II, survived it, and went on to contribute to the political and scholarly foundations of postwar civilization. Of that generation, nobody did so with more range and grace than Hirschman.

There was a time in the 1970s and 1980s when Hirschman, who died last December at 97, enjoyed a wide general aud

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