708. Harrod to William Beveridge , 24 October 1937 [a]
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Christ Church, Oxford #
24 October 1937
I have just read your address with great pleasure.  There are two points on which I do not altogether agree, your treatment of Keynes' book, the main contentions of which, despite its form, are, I believe, based on detailed and shrewd observation, and the, as it seems to me, excessive shackles you wish to place on our political activity.  But I dare say your experience at London has made you wiser than I on this point and I must confess that I occasionally get a qualm at certain developments over here.
But with regard to your main contentions about the method and status of the social sciences I am in entire agreement.  They appear to me very important and relevant as well as true and I hope the paper will have a wide circulation and influence!
2. Keynes's General Theory is discussed on pp. 463-67; the harm of combining the work in social science and political activities is discussed on pp. 473-77.
3. In particular, Harrod is likely to have appreciated Beveridge's emphasis on the role of induction in the formulation of general propositions (pp. 460-61 and 479).
- a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, in Beveridge V/19-31.
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