Proving Hamlet Wrong

A brilliant economist who travelled and worked all over the globe with the World Bank, Albert Hirschman is probably best known for the Shakespearian motto that became his ethic. Hirschman lived to ‘prove Hamlet wrong’. As he often told it, Hamlet was frozen by doubt. He had the answers – and the rage – to propel him to action but the realisation of his own imperfection consumed him and, ultimately, it was self doubt that defeated him. Yet doubt, argued Hirschman, should never cause us fear or panic. Uncertainty shouldn't create inaction. Instead, Hirschman recommended embracing doubt and uncertainty as...

A brilliant economist who travelled and worked all over the globe with the World Bank, Albert Hirschman is probably best known for the Shakespearian motto that became his ethic. Hirschman lived to ‘prove Hamlet wrong’.

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