Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science: A Metatheoretical Study
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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3 The scope and methods of Schumpeters research program
4 The sociology of science and Schumpeters ideology
5 The economic methodology of instrumentalism
6 Static economics as an exact science
7 The theory of economic development as a midpoint
8 A methodology of economic sociology
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According to Schumpeter approach areas argued assumptions Austrian Austrian School behavior business cycles capitalism capitalist causal chapter concemed concept conﬂict constructed cultural deﬁned deﬁnition dynamic theory Economic Analysis economic development economic methodology economic sociology economic system economic theory economists empirical entrepreneurs Entwicklung evolution exchange explain factors facts ﬁnance ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂow framework function German Historical School history of economics history of science hypotheses I/Vesen idea ideal type ideology individual inﬂuence innovation institutions instrumentalism intellectual ﬁeld interest interpretation Keynes Keynes’s logical Mach’s marginal utility Marx Marx’s mathematical means metatheory method Methodenstreit methodological individualism nature neoclassical economics object observation perspective phenomena philosophy of science political problems production proﬁts pure economics quantity reﬂect regarded relationship research program Schmoller Schump Schumpeter called Schumpeter’s scientiﬁc sense signiﬁcance social classes society sociology of science speciﬁc static theory structure theoretical theory and history thesis thought universal social science utility viewpoint vision Walras Weber Wesen