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Erudition , often also learned , is the 17th to 19th century word for - largely uncommon today

The most commonly used synonym derived from Latin was " Erudition ". The word " literature " put more emphasis on published science. "Learning" was the synonymous English word.

In the 19th century the word gave way to the general word education , which now finds more precise subdivisions such as "university education", " general education ".


  • Gottlieb Stolle , Kurtze Instructions for the History of Gelahrheit , 1 (Halle: Neue Buchhandlung, 1718).
  • Johann Andreas Fabricius, M. Johann Andreä Fabricii, [...] Outline of a general history of erudition (Leipzig: Weidmann, 1752).
  • Charlataneria eruditorum. Satirical and critical texts on erudition, ed. by Alexander Košenina [= Small Archive of the Eighteenth Century, 23] (St. Ingbert: Röhrig, 1995). ISBN 3-86110-066-5
  • The Practices of Learning in the Early Modern Era , ed. by Helmut Zedelmaier and Martin Mulsow (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2001). ISSN  0934-5531

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