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Rationality in the Social Sciences

The Schumpeter-Parsons Seminar 1939-40 and Current Perspectives

Editors: Staubmann, Helmut, Lidz, Victor (Eds.)

  • Presents of a collection of papers, written for the 1939-40 Schumpeter-Parsons seminar, on the conception of rationality in the social sciences
  • Offers commentaries by today’s social scientists approaching the topic of rationality from a broad range of perspectives and disciplines
  • Highlights the correspondence between the principal figures of the faculty seminar
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  • Due: September 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62377-1
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About this book

This volume presents for the first time a collection of historically important papers written on the concept of rationality in the social sciences. In 1939-40, the famed Austrian economist Joseph A. Schumpeter and the famous sociologist Talcott Parsons convened a faculty seminar at Harvard University on the topic of rationality.

The first part includes their essays as well as papers by the Austrian phenomenologist Alfred Schütz, the sociologist Wilbert Moore, and the economist Rainer Schickele. Several younger economists and sociologists with bright futures also participated, including Alex Gerschenkron, John Dunlop, Paul M. Sweezy, and Wassily W. Leontief, who was later awarded the Nobel Prize for developing input-output analysis. The second part presents essays and commentaries written by today’s internationally noted social scientists and addressing the topic of rationality in social action from a broad range of perspectives. The book’s third and final part shares the recently discovered correspondence between the seminar principals regarding the original but failed plan to publish its proceedings. It also includes letters, not previously published, between Richard Grathoff, Walter M. Sprondel and Talcott Parsons on the rationality seminar and the exchanges between Parsons and Schütz.

About the authors

Helmut Staubmann is professor for social theory and cultural sociology and dean of the School of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has authored and edited several books on action theory in the Parsonian tradition. Together with Victor M. Lidz he is editor of the book series Studies in the Theory of Action.

Victor M. Lidz was a student and later collaborator of the late Talcott Parsons who has published contributions to the theory of action developed by Parsons for 45 years. He has held faculty positions at the university of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Drexel University College of Medicine (and predecessor institution) in the Department of Psychiatry from which he is now Professor emeritus.

Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: September 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62377-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: September 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62376-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rationality in the Social Sciences
Book Subtitle
The Schumpeter-Parsons Seminar 1939-40 and Current Perspectives
Editors
  • Helmut Staubmann
  • Victor Lidz
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62377-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62377-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62376-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 290
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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