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Darwin-L Message Log 2:167 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<2:167>From sally@pogo.isp.pitt.edu  Sun Oct 31 19:17:17 1993

To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Pronouncing "palaetiology"
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 93 20:19:36 -0500
From: Sally Thomason <sally@pogo.isp.pitt.edu>

Bob O'Hara asks why Donaldson's title has the Cratylus in it.
I'm not a classicist, but: the Cratylus is about determining
word etymologies -- that is, figuring out the histories of words.
I'd guess it was the most famous work on the topic in Donaldson's
time -- or our time, for that matter, since philology isn't, in
spite of Whewell's recommendation, a major part of basic science
education!  (Too bad for us historical linguists.)

  Sally Thomason
  sally@pogo.isp.pitt.edu

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