from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Encyclopedic learning.
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- n. Encyclopedic knowledge or learning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of writing or compiling encyclopedias; also, possession of the whole range of knowledge; encyclopedic learning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That method of collecting and stating information which is characteristic of an encyclopedia.
- n. That phase of religious skepticism in the eighteenth century of which the French Encyclopedia was the exponent. See encyclopedia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. profound scholarly knowledge
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Now, some professors are fun to read: Think of the cool Olympian clarity of Northrop Frye, the astonishing encyclopedism of Hugh Kenner, the delicious precisions of Guy Davenport, the Empsonian dash and brilliance of Christopher Ricks.
This encyclopedism does not preclude lack of actual experience.
In Albert he encountered a wide-ranging encyclopedism which included original work, experimental and theoretical, in natural science, and treated Aristotelian natural philosophy and psychology in the light of a neo-Platonism derived from Arabic philosophers and such Greco-Arab sources as the Liber de Causis, as well as the Christian neo-Platonist tradition of the Pseudo-Dionysius.
This was one of the primary goals of Byzantine scholarship in the tenth century; rather than creating new knowledge and areas of study, the scholars of that era labored to preserve the legacy of the past, and the Suda is one of the culminating achievements of "the encyclopedism of the tenth century."
By the end of the sixteenth century, the humanistic, creative period of the Renaissance was thus disciplined and intellectualized, so that eclecticism flowered into encyclopedism — an effort, not without eschatological sanction, to exhaust the possibilities of knowledge and to organize it in a logically structured way.
Page 460, Volume 3 which we have already noted became important in affecting changes in philosophy, and therefore also in the ideal of a perennial philosophy: the revival of metaphysics and the critical examination of first prin - ciples of “being as being,” which arose from theological controversy; encyclopedism, the impulse, coming from the new spirit of discovery, to exhaust the possibilities of human knowledge and its ordering through a logical method; and the success of a method combining expe - rience and reason (particularly mathematical) in achieving certainty in the new sciences of nature.