Excerpt from The Interpreter, Vol. 3: October, 1906-July, 1907
There are few lines of inquiry at present pursued by scien tific thinkers which do not employ the comparative method. The science of anatomy, which has for its aim the examination of the structure of the body, is incomplete without it. The anatomist finds that the comparison of the structure of man with the inferior animals, and of one class of animals with another, opens up a fruitful field for study. By it he can trace the relative utility of various organs and follow the history of their development. He learns how much man has in common with the animal world, while he is enabled to recognise more clearly how he transcends it. So, too, the student of language has learnt that a comparative study of words has been of incalculable service in tracing the nature, history and gradual development of human speech, while at the same time it has thrown a ﬂood of light over many religious ideas and customs which have left their mark upon our race. In fact each progressive scientific inquiry finds the comparative method indispensable, and we constantly hear of Comparative Physiology, Comparative Zoology, Comparative Jurisprudence or Comparative Psychology.
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