Analysis

This long-suffering word once enjoyed a clear, useful meaning, rooted in the Greek classics. ANALYZE is to logic what “dissect” is to biology: taking apart the pieces and thus, by examining them, understanding the whole. Sadly, it has now come to mean “thinking about anything for more than a few minutes.” It is nowadays a challenge to find any paper that does not purport to analyze its subject, no matter what approach the paper actually takes – dissection, description, deduction, or mere rumination.

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