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Project A07

Erotema. The Question as an Epistemic Genre in the Learned Societies of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

The project focuses on the forms and media of knowledge transfer in the context of learned societies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries between the poles of the university and the academy. It examines how debates about knowledge were shaped as questions in the early academies and what kind of truth-function was attributed to the answers. The investigation takes into account two vectors of a transfer process: one is diachronic, with a view to the long history of the question as an epistemic genre; and the other is synchronic, concerned with how the prize competitions of the academies compare to other contemporary practices of question formation. The shifts between research and teaching, as well as orality and literacy, characteristic for the period under consideration, provide the overarching framework for the project.

A list of publications and events organized by the project can be accessed on the German CRC 980 website.



Project staff

Student assistant


Dr. Kathryn Murphy

Fellow January – April 2015 (A07)

Projekt: Aristotle and the English Imagination: Knowledge and Experience in Early Modern English Prose