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Debate: Innovation as Performance in Late-Medieval Universities

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Project "DEBATE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙997˙976 €
 EC max contribution 1˙997˙976 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-08-01   to  2023-07-31


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 Project objective

The switch from parchment to paper had a fundamental impact on later medieval universities, equivalent to the shift to Open Access today, hindering some intellectual practices while encouraging others. The DEBATE project identifies a neglected genre of latin texts that flourished on paper, the Principia, which record the public confrontations between candidates (socii) for the title of doctor. These debates, imposed by university statutes throughout Europe as annual exercises linked to lectures on the Sentences (the medieval parallel to our PhD thesis), forced the candidate to reveal his innovative theories (sheets of papers were exchanged among the socii beforehand), display his erudition and prove his intellectual prowess before a large audience. The futuristic discussion usually exceeded the confines of one discipline and allowed the bachelor to indulge his interdisciplinary interests, employing science, theology, mathematics, politics, literature, and rhetoric in his polemics against his colleagues. Principia thus reveal the cutting edge method of fostering science in later medieval universities. The DEBATE team intends to identify new manuscripts, edit the texts, establish authorship for anonymous fragments and propose an interpretation that will help explain how innovation was a primordial target in medieval academia. Putting together all the surviving texts of Principia produced in various cultural contexts, this project will provide a wealth of material that will bring about a basic change in our understanding of the mechanism of the production of academic knowledge in the early universities all around Europe.The project is designed to promote erudition by combining a palaeographical, codicological, editorial and hermeneutical approach, aiming to open an advanced area of inquiry focusing on an intellectual practice that bound together medieval universities from different geographical and cultural regions: Paris, Bologna, Vienna, Prague, Krakow and Cologne.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 William Duba
Dante, Paris, and the Benefactor of Saint-Jacques
published pages: 1-24, ISSN: 1568-5349, DOI:
Vivarium 58 (2019) 2020-02-19
2019 Christopher Schabel, Fritz Saaby Pedersen†, C. Philipp E. Nothaft
Astronomical and Cosmological Dubia in the Cistercian Pierre Ceffons’ In II Sententiarum, distinctio 1
published pages: 1-56, ISSN: 1904-9196, DOI:
Cahiers de l’Institute du moyen-âge grec et latin 88 (2019) 2020-02-19
2018 Edit Lukacs
Contuli cum magistro meo reverendo Nicholao de Dinckelspuhel in tribus principiis meis. Die Principia des Walter von Bamberg OCarm aus 1400-1402
published pages: 479–504, ISSN: 1122-5750, DOI:
Documenti e studi sulla Tradizione filosofica medievale 29 (2018) 2020-02-19

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