the means to identify dead forms is mathematical law, the means whereby to understand living forms is analogy.
What does this mean? When I looked it up I got a history textbook and it was talking about how this phrase is "comparative morphology" I don't have a history degree. When I looked up "comparative morphology (history)" nothing relevant came up.
and is not archaeology itself an expression of the sense that history is repetition?
I have genuinely no idea what the author is trying to say with this.
Is it possible to read this book with no previous knowledge of historicity? I don't wanna keep putting tons of thought into deciphering this coded language. Any tips?