ARTICLE TITLE: A General Theory of Methodenstreits in Economic Science
AUTHORS: Avtonomov V. , Avtonomov Yu.
ABSTRACT: The article contains an attempt to formulate a theory of Methodenstreits in economic theory. A Methodenstreit is understood as a period when more abstract (deductive) and more concrete (inductive) methods of investigation clash because of technical improvements in either of them. After a heated debate each side seeks to incorporate the achivements of the opponent. This general scheme is illustrated by the classical Methodenstreit between Schmoler and Menger and a more recent one between mainstream (predominantly neoclassical) and behavioural economics.
KEYWORDS: economic methodology , Methodenstreit , Schmoller , Menger , Marshall , Eucken , neoclassical economics , behavioural economics , Simon , Katona
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