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Disputation, academic
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As a test of knowledge as well as an intellectual, social, and cultural representation of the university, the academic disputation constituted the capstone of the medieval and early modern educational arch. In the early modern period, it became the starting point for the research seminar, the dissertation and Habilitation (Privatdozent), the scholarly article and criticism, and thus the modern university.

In the medieval universities, the disputation was the most important type of event, alongside the lectio or lecture. Knowledge was passed on through reading of a…

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Gierl, Martin, “Disputation, academic”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018366>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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