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This front matter section of the book The Vices of Learning contains the Table of Contents and Acknowledgements. The book sets out to answer a seemingly simple question: What constituted scholarly vices in the late Baroque and early Enlightenment periods? The question arises from the curious fact that moral criticism of the learned was a favourite theme of academic dissertations, polemical tracts and satires written in Germany ca. 1670-1730. Vices and errors of the learned were dealt with in numerous Latin dissertations as well as in philosophical and theological treatises, which proclaimed a set of vices that often included, at the very least, philautia (self-love) and ambition. Works on scholarly pride, quarrelling, bad manners, plagiarism and other vices kept the presses running at the Protestant universities of Leipzig, Jena andKönigsbergas well as farther north.

Keywords: academic dissertations; Jena; Königsberg; Leipzig; polemical tracts; theological treatises; vices

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