Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science

A Metatheoretical Study

Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science

This book provides a unified and comprehensive analysis of the work of Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950), the world-famed economist ranked 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.


"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

'Professor Shionoya, more a student of Schumpeter's many writings than of the man himself, offers a comprehensive treatment of Schumpterism 'sans pareil'. He knits the many Schumpeter intuitions into a uniquely workable Gestalt.' Mark Perlman, University of Pittsburgh

'Yuichi Shionoya's Schumpeter and the Idea of Social Science is the first sustained analysis of the foundations of Schumpeter's thought oriented toward elucidating how and for what kind of purposes we may want to use the tools he put at our disposal. The result is a masterfully argued reconstruction of Schumpeter's idea of a unified social science and its methodological and metatheoretical foundations that prepares the next step in the critical analysis of the form and content of Schumpeter's thought … a must-read for everyone willing to confront this challenge of comprehending present and future transformations of capitalism.' Harry F. Dahms, Journal of Evolutionary Economics

'… an original interpretation of the birth of theoretical ideas and an extended reconstruction of the Schumpeterian cultural world.' Journal of Economics