Tuesday, December 11, 2012

RIP: Albert Hirschman 1915-2012

Sad news today about the death of Albert Hirschman, one of the most important economists (if not the most important) not to have been awarded a Nobel Prize. He wrote many excellent books, two of which are particularly important: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970) and The Passions and the Interest (1977). I'm currently re-reading the later book in connection with Hume's Treatise on Human Nature. Hirschman's clear and concise explanations make Hume easier to understand, especially in relation to the views of his contemporaries, including Montesquieu.

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