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Das Mittelalter

Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung

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Volume 23, Issue 1


Gelehrte Autorität und die Ordnung der Dinge. Über Wissen, Macht und die Vermessung der Wirklichkeit im Mittelalter

Dr. Marcel Bubert
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  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Historisches Seminar, Domplatz 20–22, 48143 MünsterWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterMünsterGermany
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Published Online: 2018-06-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mial-2018-0005


Although the medieval period was not part of Michel Foucault’s seminal study on ‘The Order of Things’, there are good reasons to believe that the learned cultures of the Middle Ages were to a certain degree based on specific epistemic orders, general organizing principles which were unconsciously presupposed in concepts of reality. Nevertheless, the extent as to which these concepts are in fact committed to the assumption of a metaphysically determined measuring of reality, is not altogether clear. This article aims to discuss this question in general, based on recent views of the role of the ‘subject’ in epistemic orders.

Keywords: history of knowledge; intellectual history; learned culture; epistemic orders

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Published Online: 2018-06-19

Published in Print: 2018-06-12

Citation Information: Das Mittelalter, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 48–66, ISSN (Online) 2196-6869, ISSN (Print) 0949-0345, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mial-2018-0005.

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