Schumpeter on methodological pluralism

The social sciences suffer: "First, from that almost childish narrow-mindedness which regards its own method of work as the only possible one, wishes to make it the universal one, and considers that one's foremost task is to annihilate all others in holy anger; second, from that complete lack of even elementary knowledge of all branches of learning outside one's own."

Schumpeter might be rolling over in his grave about how much worse the second situation has become, to the extent that I once had a tenured economist ask me, "Who came first, the Greeks or the Romans?"


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