Systems of Consanguinity


IN Sir John Lubbock's vindication of his original charge that I seem to have two theories of the facts in my work on Consanguinity (NATURE, vol. xii. p. 124), he fails to show that the classificatory system was interpreted by me as “arbitrary, artificial, and intentional.” This is one of the theories, and in fact the principal one, which he ascribes to me, and which I repudiate. The other theory, that which I did advocate, is presented both in his address before the Anthropological Institute and in this vindication (stated partially and imperfectly), as something that I “admit.” “Mr. Morgan admits that systems of relationship have undergone a gradual development, following that of the social system.” (Address, p. 4, NATURE, vol. xii. p. 125.)

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MORGAN, L. Systems of Consanguinity. Nature 12, 311 (1875).

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