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Public debate
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1. Terminology

Pre-modern German lacked a robust vocabulary of its own for public debate about ideas and political matters. It ended up coining the words Räsonnement or Räsonnieren, which expressed actions closely associated with the Enlightenment. Borrowed from French, there is evidence of their use in German territories since the late 17th century. The French dictionary Trésor de la langue française (first edition 1606) cites the verb raisonner as early as the late 14th century with…

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Requate, Jörg, “Public debate”, 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 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026124>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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