chapter  II
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We shall attempt several applications of the comparative method whose general framework was built up in the fore­ going chapter. That which we shall now attempt becomes the more attractive, in several ways, as a result of our previous study. We recognized, in effect, that the intellectual cultures envisaged were dialectics in principle and aim : each one possessed its logic. Setting aside the data furnished by chronology, the logical element of thought is that which is always best apprehended objectively; thus it will be of interest to show that comparative logic is as fully justified as comparative chronology. Finally, to keep within the confines of the problem of the specificity of Greek, Indian, and Chinese logic, we shall find in it a simple and easily isolable example enabling us to test how far the idea of similitude facilitates comprehension of the unlike.