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Encyclopedic learning.
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or en•cy•clo•pae•dism

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪz əm)

encyclopedic learning.
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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
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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 chapter that follows ("Islam") is extremely beneficial, as that culture brought forth many innovations that are still used in modern medicine, including the importance of physical medicine, medical ethics, and "medical encyclopedism" that has some parallels to modern medical journals.
(30) For more on encyclopedism as a worldview, see Mercedes Salvador-Bello, Isidorean Perceptions of Order: The Exeter Book Riddles and Medieval Latin Enigmata (West Virginia U.
The four-volume Dictionary of Music and Musicians was published in London between 1879 and 1890, one of many knowledge-texts born at the confluence of encyclopedism and imperialism in nineteenth-century Britain.
Yet Leopardi's indexes and classifications of his diary also made him aware, as the heir of eighteenth-century encyclopedism, of "the connection between the broadening of knowledge and its impoverishment" (xxi).
The term "critical" can take many meanings but, I argue, it has generally been an important way to "other" geography's past, including the encyclopedism of old-fashioned regional studies.
Babbitt's programme is clearly directed against unilateralism, by logical deduction he opting for a type of dynamic balance between unilateralism and encyclopedism (both nuclei without their extremes).
The Internet platform apps approach exemplifies both online interaction and the distribution of shared knowledge between users that has led some critics to assert the existence of forms of global intelligence such as the notion of the Global Brain built on principles of emergence, encyclopedism, organicism and evolutionary cybernetics.
"Scientia cabalistica as Scientia universalis: Encyclopedism and Kabbalism in the 16th and 17th Centuries." Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 5 (2000): 129-54.
Vasoli's appointment was in philosophy, but he was more properly a historian of culture in general, a prolific scholar of wide-ranging interests whose published work ranged from Dante to the encyclopedism of the seventeenth century, including along the way major books on Bruno, Renaissance Platonism, the diffusion of new religious ideas in the Reformation, and the role of rhetoric and dialectic in the development of Quattrocento and Cinquecento culture.
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.