Some Human Potentiality

“So in the study that I am making of our behavior and motives, fabulous testimonies, provided they are possible, serve like true ones. Whether they have happened of no, in Paris or Rome, to John or Peter, they exemplify, at all events, some human potentiality, and thus their telling imparts useful information to me…. There are authors whose end is to tell what has happened. Mine, if I could attain it, would be to talk about what can happen.” (I:21, 75, Frame) Cf. Hirschman, A Bias for Hope.