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Introduction: Instances of Impartiality

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This introductory chapter of the book The Emergence of Impartiality illustrates the broad array of disciplines and fields which were affected by and at the same time helped shape this notion. This chapter traces the beginnings, complexity, and contexts of this emergence in the early modern period. If "impartialis" does appear in Latin texts of the early modern period, as for example in the debates between Christian Wolff and his opponents, as Hanns-Peter Neumann shows in his contribution, it is a coinage following the vernacular. A quantitative observation of the historical sources suggests that impartiality massively gains in currency in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its use is sparse until the middle of the seventeenth century, when there is an upsurge in usage and particularly in titles of publications graced by the adjective "impartial".

Keywords: "impartial"; Christian Wolff; early modern period; Hanns-Peter Neumann



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