Problems of Economics and Sociology: (Untersuchungen Uber Die Methode der Socialwissenschaften und der Politischen Oekonomie Insbesondere)

Problems of Economics and Sociology: (Untersuchungen Uber Die Methode der Socialwissenschaften und der Politischen Oekonomie Insbesondere)

Problems of Economics and Sociology: (Untersuchungen Uber Die Methode der Socialwissenschaften und der Politischen Oekonomie Insbesondere)

Problems of Economics and Sociology: (Untersuchungen Uber Die Methode der Socialwissenschaften und der Politischen Oekonomie Insbesondere)

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Theoretical investigations in the field of political economy, particularly in Germany, have by no means progressed as yet to a true methodology of this science. Rather, the theoretical issues which occupy German economists, and to no small extent their non-German colleagues, revolve chiefly about the nature and the very concept of political economy and of its subdivisions, the nature of its truths, the matter of conceiving economic problems in such wise as to do justice to real conditions, and other such problems. They do not revolve about the intellectual roads to the goals of economic research, for the latter are themselves still in question.

To be sure, this phenomenon is of fairly recent date. The time is not so far back when the nature of political economy and the formal nature of its verities seemed established, and theoretical investigations in the field of our science were actually concerned with its true methodological problems. That political economy is "the science of the laws of national economy" was considered just as settled as sufficient, since the view of it as a mere technology had been overcome. Scientific discussion could go on to the investigation of the question of whether those laws had to be obtained speculatively or empirically, inductively or deductively, to the question of what particular form was suitable for these methods in the realm of social phenomena in general and of national economy in particular. It could go on to the investigation of other such questions of true methodology.

All this, of course, had to change as soon as one began to deal more thoroughly with methodological problems. Scholars in our science had to become aware that political economy exhibits in its theoretical and practical subdivisions knowledge of a completely different formal nature. Accordingly, we cannot speak of one method, the method of political economy, but only of its methods. Ways of attaining knowledge and the . . .

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