The line of reason: Hugh Blair, spatiality and the progressive structure of language

  title={The line of reason: Hugh Blair, spatiality and the progressive structure of language},
  author={Matthew Daniel Eddy},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society},
  pages={24 - 9}
  • M. Eddy
  • Published 20 March 2011
  • History
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, words were seen as artefacts that afforded insights into the mental capacities of the early humans. In this article I address the late Enlightenment foundations of this model by focusing on Professor Hugh Blair, a leading voice on the relationship between language, progressivism and culture. Whereas the writings of grammarians and educators such as Blair have received little attention in histories of nascent palaeoarchaeology and palaeoanthropology, I show… 
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