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a. A theological or philosophical issue presented for formal argument or disputation.
b. Formal disputation of such an issue.
2. Music A usually humorous medley.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod libet, anything at all : quod, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + libet, it pleases, third person sing. present tense of libēre, to be pleasing; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Music, other) a light piece of music based on two or more popular tunes
2. (Theology) a subtle argument, esp one prepared as an exercise on a theological topic
[C14: from Latin, from quod what + libet pleases, that is, whatever you like]
ˌquodliˈbetical adj
ˌquodliˈbetically adv
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(ˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt)

1. a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usu. on a theological or scholastic subject.
2. a fanciful arrangement of usu. familiar tunes in polyphonic relationship.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quodlibetum; compare Latin quod libet what pleases, as you please]
quod`li•bet′ic, quod`li•bet′i•cal, adj.
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a nice or fine point, as in argument; a subtlety. — quodlibetal, adj.
See also: Argumentation, Philosophy
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 a musical medley; a collection of several airs, 1377.
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Noun1.quodlibet - an issue that is presented for formal disputation
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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n (Mus) → Quodlibet nt, → (Lieder)potpourri nt
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True, the New Grove (2001) has a short and excellent article on the genre, but the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1994-2008) includes it only as part of the discussion of the quodlibet; furthermore, major surveys of Western music history, such as that by Richard Taruskin, do not even mention it (The Oxford History of Western Music, 6 vols.
(2004) 'African traditional metaphysics', Quodlibet Journal, Vol 6, No.
Levinas, Emmanuel, Alcune riflessioni sulla filosofia dell'hitlerismo, Macerata, Quodlibet, 1997.
(1.) Principalmente de la Summa Theologiae, Summa contra Gentiles, Sententia libri Ethicorum, Scriptum super Sententiis magistri Petri Lombardi y Questiones de quodlibet.
"Intensity as an Attribute of Effective Therapist/Client Interaction," Quodlibet summer (1987): 15-21.
1737 [seccion] 1, che ammette il ricorso propter quodlibet iustum motivum.
Ymysg y darnau a berf formir mae'r unawd i'r obo o waith Faure, y Serenade yn D Leiaf gan Dvorak, a rhan o'r Quodlibet o Hwiangerddi Cymraeg o waith Alun Hoddinott.
Ressler has further programmed the machine to play note for note the easy melody from the quodlibet from Bach's Goldberg, the closing variation that twines two German folk songs, two tunes unrelated yet deftly juxtaposed into a delightful counterpoint, two tunes that should not fit together but nevertheless do, a most striking suggestion specifically of the alogical twinning of Jan and Franklin and far more broadly of the very stuff of the heart's experience.
He ventures again back to the Greeks, to the poet Alcman, presented as a prototypical musician "who shapes his imagination both according to the suggestions of the deep psyche and to attentive listening." I respond warmly to such a holistic approach to the individual creator's personal resources, and recall, in this connection, a paraphrastic injunction that Roberto Gerhard offered to his seminar at the University of Michigan: "Reason proposes, subliminal man disposes, but, of course, the whole man composes, and nothing but the whole man will do for that." Mache offers a catalog of potential models: not only the hunt, but the storm, birdsong, the monotonies of a watermill, street cries (as in the quodlibet), even the sigh.
As the end of these 30 variations approached he seemed to tie up every end with a convincing inevitability, clearing the anguished clouds which tortured variation 25 with a subsequent display of joyous keyboard wizardry through subsequent variations before bringing us up short with a sturdy, no-nonsense Quodlibet of popular tunes of the time.
Brown unfolds Godfrey's position on the scientific character of theology in his Quodlibet 4, q.