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Philosophy, faculty of
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1. To 1700

As a so-called inferior faculty, equal in protocol and law to the superior faculties (Theology, faculty of; Law, faculty of; Medicine, faculty of), the faculty of philosophy constituted an integral administrative and functional component of the early European universities of every religious allegiance until the 19th century, when constantly increasing academic specialization finally led institutionally to the dissolution of the late medieval instructional system.

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Eckert, Georg, “Philosophy, faculty of”, 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 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025537>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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