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CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.
Mutu Coomara Swamy on the Ethnology of Ceylon
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS ON THE STUDY OF
February 24th, 1863,
GENTLEMEN -I find myself placed in the honourable but somewhat difficult position of being the first speaker at a newly-formed scientific society. One thing, however, inspires me with confidence, the knowledge that my position has been caused more by my interest in the objects of the Society than by any special qualification for such a task. I shall therefore offer neither excuse nor apology for the matter I bring before you: but will simply beg all who hear me, to grant me that patience and sympathy to which, as your President, I feel myself to some extent entitled. We are met, then, this evening, to inaugurate a society of students of a great branch of science which, up to this time, has found no fit place for discussion in any other institution.
Without dwelling on the etymology* of the title of our Society, it is still requisite that we should have some clear conception of the real import and breadth of the science which we unite specially to study and elucidate.
By some writers (especially by Dr. Latham), Anthropology has been so circumscribed in its meaning as to imply nothing more than the
# " Anthropos, man, both as a generic term and of individuals, from Homer downwards ; in plural of whole nations, mankind, the whole world.
“ Anthropos, Lat. homo, being man, as opposed to beast.
“ Anthropologos, speaking or treating of man. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 4, 3, 31."--LIDDELL & SCOTT.
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