Medieval Forms of Argument: Disputation and Debate

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Georgiana Donavin, Carol Poster, Richard J. Utz
Wipf and Stock, 2002 - History - 199 pages
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These studies illustrate the various high and late medieval transformations of formal and formalized argument, from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective. They challenge today's dominant disciplinary approaches to what was and is still a pervasive mode of thought in the West. Many current treatments of medieval disputational texts have a narrow focus either on the history of scholasticism, rhetoric, and pedagogy, or the genesis and function of such period-specific forms of academic altercation as demonstrative, dialectic, or sophistic disputation, or the later quaestiones, quodlibeta, and sophismata. Moreover, scholarship in literature often ignores the parallel structures of academic argument and narrowly focuses on the narrative and aesthetic functions of debate poem.

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Order in Obligational Disputations
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His Elaboration of Aristotles
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Poster is assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.

Utz is assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor Of Literary Nominalism

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