Thursday, May 10, 2007

Quote of the day: "History is the tool of skeptics."

“History cannot be expected to solve the core analytical puzzles of political or economic theory. But it has its hour when the long-expected solutions of social and political science fail to materialize. History is the tool of skeptics. It helps us to ask better questions. More precisely, it can help us avoid repeating some questions again and again, running in circles unproductively."

Istvan Hont, Jealousy of Trade, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005, p. 156.