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Dissertation
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The origins of the dissertation (Lat. dissertatio, Fr. thèse de doctorat, Ital. tesi di laurea) are disputed. In any case they are closely connected with the teaching form of the disputation at the medieval university. The terms dissertation and disputation were often - at least until the 17th century - used synonymously as terms for academic polemical writings and scholarly discussions, disputation probably originally meaning the actual controversy, dissertation on the other hand the writing presented for this purpose. Ear…

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Asche, Matthias, “Dissertation”, 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 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018368>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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