Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science: A Metatheoretical Study

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 19, 2007 - Business & Economics - 372 pages
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This book is a comprehensive investigation of the work of Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883–1950), one of the great economists of the twentieth century. In this study, Yuichi Shionoya highlights Schumpeter's methodological views and emphasizes his ideal of a universal social science. Taking on board all aspects of his work, he reconstructs a system which encompasses theory (economic statics, economic dynamics, economic sociology) and metatheory (philosophy of science, history and sociology of science). The originality of Schumpeter's work - which the author calls the two-structure approach to the evolution of mind and society - is examined in the light of the intellectual field in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. This book is a major contribution to the history of economic thought.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
an overview
13
3 The scope and methods of Schumpeters research program
31
4 The sociology of science and Schumpeters ideology
54
5 The economic methodology of instrumentalism
91
6 Static economics as an exact science
124
7 The theory of economic development as a midpoint
160
8 A methodology of economic sociology
193
9 Economic sociology as an evolutionary science
223
10 The historical world of economics
260
11 Value judgments and political economy
287
Schumpeterian synthesis
306
Notes
313
List of references
329
Index
347
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