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On Limitations to the Use of Some Anthropologic Data

(1881 N 01 / 1879-1880 (pages 73-86))

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Author: J.W. Powell
Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,713 / 31 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 31.8
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 605
Added to site: 2006.07.20
mnybks.net#: 14243
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science
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ely, will probably be a failure. "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature," and which of you by taking thought can add the antecedent phenomena necessary to an explanation of the language of Plato or of Spencer?

The study of astronomy, geology, physics, and biology, is in the hands of scientific men; objective methods of research are employed and metaphysic disquisitions find no place in the accepted philosophies; but to a large extent philology remains in the hands of the metaphysicians, and subjective methods of thought are used in the explanation of the phenomena observed. If philology is to be a science it must have an objective philosophy composed of a homologic classification and orderly arrangement of the phenomena of the languages of the globe.

Philologic research began with the definite purpose in view to discover in the diversities of language among the peoples of the earth a common element from which they were all supposed to have been derived, an original sp

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