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It seems like a small and perhaps shrinking minority of economists know reverence of individual figures. Most economists seem to be without heroes, and sometimes disparage reverence as cultish idolatry. Here I collect from Michael Polanyi’s The Study of Man (1959) a few passages that eloquently suggest that “we need reverence to perceive greatness, even as we need a telescope to observe spiral nebulae.” The selection is made in the defense of seeking out and communing with great minds.
Klein, D.B. (2009). In Defense of Dwelling in Great Minds: A Few Quotations from Michael Polanyi’s The Study of Man. Ratio Working Paper No. 141.