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the dynamics of comparison and classification

Peter Gottschalk

in Religion, Science, and Empire

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393019
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393019.003.0004
the dynamics of comparison and classification

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This first theoretical interlude initiates the book's deliberations on comparison by examining the dynamics at work in the construction of categories. It argues that comparison, like classification, is fundamental to cognition, and outlines some of the basic components of the act of comparison. As the various disciplines developed, they often gravitated toward one or more modes of comparison. The choice shaped audiences' reception by guiding how they perceived the relationship among the entities compared.

Keywords: comparison; classification; categorization; discipline

Chapter.  2887 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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