One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: the debate in the German-speaking academic world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries about the scientific status and methodology of economics, and subsequently of sociology and related disciplines (now historical). Now also: any debate, dispute, or controversy about the methodology of a field of study.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Political Economy. From German Methodenstreit from Methoden-, combining form of Methode + Streit quarrel, controversy.
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