865. F. W. Taussig to Harrod , 28 October 1938 [a]

Cambridge, Mass. #

28 October 1938

Dear Harrod:

Thank you heartily for sending me the reprint of your paper on Scope and Method. [1] It is a most interesting piece of work, and if there is one thing which is by no means easy, it is to say something new and interesting on this much-discussed phase of our work. Particularly interesting to me was your discussion whether "mere" empirical ("hit or miss") inquiry may lead to significant results, even though not directed or framed on the basis of some hypothesis or presentation or expectation. [2] I suppose that sometimes it is. But I quite agree with you that there is need of the sort of analysis you suggest (the "analytical map") for the understanding of the growing mass of statistical data. [3]

Always, with much respect and regard,

Sincerely yours,

F. W. Taussig

R. F. Harrod, Esq., Christ Church, Oxford, England

  1. 1. R. F. Harrod, "Scope and Method of Economics" ( 1938:15 ).

    2. "Scope and Method", pp. 405-8.

    3. "Scope and Method", pp. 392-93.

    1. a. TLS, one page, in HP II-78d.

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