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The Age of QuestionsOr, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond$
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Holly Case

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691131153

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.001.0001

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Questions and Their Predecessors

(p.8) Prologue
The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This prologue provides an overview of the history of the age of questions, and more specifically how “the x question” emerged and proliferated beginning in the 1830s. It considers when and why people started thinking in terms of “the x question,” what the phrase meant, and whether there was such a thing as an age of questions. It examines the role played by the scholastic question, or quaestio disputata, in the age of questions; how the so-called querelle des femmes that was formulated in France in the sixteenth century morphed into the question des femmes, or woman question; catechisms as likely ancestors of questions; and forerunners of later questions, including the Palladium, a publication that opened a venue in the public sphere similar to the one created by the London debating societies. Finally, it explores how official venues lent their forms to the “age of questions”.

Keywords:   questions, x question, scholastic question, querelle des femmes, question des femmes, woman question, catechisms, debating societies, Palladium

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