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Terms Of Analysis

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A multitude of analyses would be possible, in theory, but restricted to the basic categories of language and thought that seem necessary to understand the text. No analysis can be entirely theory-neutral, but have attempted to keep the terms detailed as neutral as possible, to open up the text to additional analysis and scrutiny. An ancient astronomical text such as MUL.APIN is relevant to a range of scholarly disciplines, but a naturalistic approach makes possible a degree of neutrality. Any coherent description of astronomical phenomena must rely on grammaticalized notions of space and time: those aspects of location, motion, and temporality that can be expressed in language. A primary concern of any science, not least astronomy, is the categorization description, and definition of phenomena. The explicit, analytic process of scientific categorization is grounded in the transparent, largely automatic, universal properties of human cognition.

Keywords: domain of astronomy; language; Mul.apin; terms of analysis

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