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Archaism, etymology and the idea of development
William Rhodes

‘penetrating the social bonds underneath the language, the networks embodied in the persons’. 28 This is what the debate about the meaning of the word ‘borrough’ brings out, as a proper understanding of the new governmental terminology leads to the transformation of Irish social organisation, territorial division and political community. The Anglo-Saxon terms Irenius uses are unclear in a way that further underscores the distinction between physical place and the networks of social persons that Irenius wants to disrupt. 29

in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
Scott, Small, and the Edinburgh Edition
Willy Maley
and
Alasdair Thanisch

, he complicates its usual teleology and pays attention to the material conditioning of cultural development. As Fania Oz-Salzberger observes in her introduction to Ferguson’s Essay on the History of Civil Society : ‘The essential point here is that, as a political community of men, civil society was always there; and that some of its essential features are not a matter of progress […] Ferguson’s concept of human advance does not append moral improvement to progress in technology, production and wealth’. 21 Ferguson

in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne