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Talking Points: Albert Hirschman on Trespassing

Published 2012

The idea of trespassing is basic to my thinking. Attempts to confine me to a specific area make me unhappy. When it seems that an idea can be verified in another field, then I am happy to venture in this direction. I believe this is a simple and useful way of discovering “related” topics.

— Albert Hirschman, Professor in the School of Social Science, in a 1993 interview with Carmine Donzelli, excerpted in “A Bias for Hope: Commemorating the Life of Albert O. Hirschman,” School of Social Science Occasional Papers