The Rise and Decline of the Scholastic "Qauaestio Disputata": With Special Emphasis on Its Use in the Teaching of Medicine and Science

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BRILL, 1993 - History - 176 pages
This book represents a major contribution to the study of a particular method of teaching the various disciplines of law, theology, the arts and medicine known as the scholastic disputation or quaestio disputata. Based on an ever increasing use of logic this method rapidly became one of the chief tools of instruction in all these disciplines. Its history is traced from its beginnings in the early twelfth century to its decline in the 16th and 17th centuries and ultimate demise in the 18th. Special emphasis is given to its use in the teaching of science (physica) and medicine since it was this very method which helped to lay the foundations of what has been called the Scientific Revolution of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This multidisciplinary approach across the whole spectrum of the period of its use permits a level of analysis and perspective that could not be achieved by any other means.

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Contents

The disputatio de sophismatibus
39
Medical quaestiones disputatae c 12501450
66
Quaestiones disputatae in physica during the late 15th
85
The reaction against dialectic
101
The decline of the quaestio disputata in the 17th
129
Conclusions
145
Abbreviations
155
Index nominum
170
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About the author (1993)

Brian Lawn was practising as a physician until 1990. Author of "The Salernitan Questions, An Introduction to the History of Medieval and Renaissance Problem Literature" (1963). Editor of "The Prose Salernitan Questions" (1979).

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