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Encyclopedic learning.


or en•cy•clo•pae•dism

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪz əm)

encyclopedic learning.


1. the command of a wide range of knowledge.
2. the writings and thoughts of the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, especially an emphasis on scientific rationalism. — encyclopedist, n.
See also: Knowledge
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.encyclopedism - profound scholarly knowledge
education - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
letters - scholarly attainment; "he is a man of letters"
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The challenge facing authors of such studies is to navigate between the Scylla of encyclopedism, mentioning a plethora of works without offering significant insight into any, and the Charybdis of offering in-depth readings of a number of works too limited to support any general conclusions concerning developmental trends.
The other, scholastic encyclopedism, was not yet in such dire straits.
There is an encyclopedism to the way the Enlightenment mind works.
My other two examples reveal how Landino's use of scientific information is motivated not only by reasons of didactic encyclopedism, but also by the need to engage with earlier commentators and to offer new critical readings of passages in the Commedia.
Chapter 1, "The Space of the Encyclopedia," describes the evolution of the form, charting within that story an essential doubleness epitomized by Rabelais's allegory of encyclopedism in Pantraguel (1535), which captures the way the encyclopedia appears as "alternately, and often in the same form, a spring of truth and a pit of error because one of [its] .
Dante is able to give the illusion of encyclopedism without fully embracing it.
The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark, for example, actually had departments for science and technology, social sciences, and humanities teaching subjects such as special bibliography, subject literature, subject encyclopedism, and the philosophy and communication of subject knowledge.