Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science: A Metatheoretical Study

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This book provides a unified and comprehensive analysis of the work of Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1833-1950), the world-famed economist ranking with John Maynard Keynes. Although Schumpeter is well-known for his work on economic development and innovation, his aim to construct a universal social science addressing the evolution of mind and society is usually ignored. A major contribution to the history of economic thought, this book will be the standard of Schumpeter scholarship for years to come.
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"An expert on the life and work of Schumpeter, Yuichi Shionoya, professor emeritus of economics at Hitotsubashi University in Japan...has produced a definitive exploration of the intellectual evolution of one of the few 'system builders' the discipline of ecnomics judicious, and sympathetic survey of the man's thought. Yuichi Shionoya has produced a most welcome and useful volume that will be of interest to specialists in the history of economic thought and intellectual historians alike. Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science is a work that conveys a deep appreciation of the singularly complex and insightful nature of Schumpeter's remarkable contributions to social scientific thought." Michael A. Berstein, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"...Shionoya is persuasive and has made strong case. His book is worth reading." Warren J. Samuels, Isis

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Table of Contents

List of figures
1 Introduction 1
2 Schumpeter and his surroundings: an overview 13
3 The scope and methods of Schumpeter's research program 31
4 The sociology of science and Schumpeter's 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
12 Conclusion: Schumpeterian synthesis 306
Notes 313
List of references 329
Index 347
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