The past and future of the social sciences. A Schumpeterian theory of scientific development?

Abstract : The paper argues that Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Sozialwissenschaften (The Past and Future of the Social Sciences), a contribution not always well understood in the literature, is important to an understanding of Schumpeter’s concept of development as applied to the field of the social sciences. To this end, it addresses three key questions. First, can the book be taken as a starting point to reconstruct a Schumpeterian theory of scientific development? Second, is Vergangenheit und Zukunft merely ‘a brief outline of what first became the Epochen [der Dogmen- und Methodengeschichte] and finally the History of Economic Analysis’, as Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter wrote in her Editor’s Introduction (July 1952) to the latter work (p. XXXII), or should it be read as a complement to Epochen and perhaps the History? Third, is the eminent Japanese scholar Shionoya right to claim that Schumpeter’s work pursued the ambitious goal of developing a ‘comprehensive sociology’?
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Stefano Lucarelli, Alfonso Giuliani, Hervé Baron. The past and future of the social sciences. A Schumpeterian theory of scientific development?. Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2019, pp.bez001. ⟨10.1093/cje/bez001⟩. ⟨hal-02063397⟩

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