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disquisition

a formal written or oral examination of a subject
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IN DISQUISITIONS of every kind, there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasonings must depend.
On the other hand, I compared the disquisitions of the ancient moralists to very towering and magnificent palaces with no better foundation than sand and mud: they laud the virtues very highly, and exhibit them as estimable far above anything on earth; but they give us no adequate criterion of virtue, and frequently that which they designate with so fine a name is but apathy, or pride, or despair, or parricide.
The many excellent friends I have made, since my arrival in this hemisphere, has bound my heart to them to all eternity; and I will now proceed with my philosophical and profound disquisitions on what I have seen, with a perfect confidence that I shall receive credit, and an independence of opinion that is much too dear to me to consent to place it in question.
In the morning he had a spin in the ice-boat with his hostess and a few of the hardier guests; in the afternoon he "went over the farm" with Reggie, and listened, in the elaborately appointed stables, to long and impressive disquisitions on the horse; after tea he talked in a corner of the firelit hall with a young lady who had professed herself broken-hearted when his engagement was announced, but was now eager to tell him of her own matrimonial hopes; and finally, about midnight, he assisted in putting a gold-fish in one visitor's bed, dressed up a burglar in the bath-room of a nervous aunt, and saw in the small hours by joining in a pillow-fight that ranged from the nurseries to the basement.
The disquisitions upon death and suicide were calculated to fill me with wonder.
In this ambition he achieved a remarkable and immediate success, by the publication of a little book entitled 'Euphues and His Anatomie of Wit.' 'Euphues' means 'the well-bred man,' and though there is a slight action, the work is mainly a series of moralizing disquisitions (mostly rearranged from Sir Thomas North's translation of 'The Dial of Princes' of the Spaniard Guevara) on love, religion, and conduct.
The author acknowledges indebtedness to her mentor Philippe Hamon, Texte et ideologie (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1984), and to the redoubtable Henri Mittterand, Le Regard et le signe: poetique du roman realiste et naturaliste (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1987), who provide a frail theoretical buttress for a disquisition which blurs authors, novels, and footnotes.
I just read Liesl Schillinger's "Spanish Disquisition" (October) and at first, being a Latino myself, I was kind of disappointed in what she was writing.
An academic has no problem writing a learned disquisition on the semiotics of cinema and a journalist can have a show-biz bio published in a matter of months.
More likely he began speaking about three (or one, or four, or twelve), a subject on which he could hold forth indefinitely, and sometime early into his disquisition the mind of his normally curious scribe wandered far away.
And though their range of literary concepts was limited, some reviewers had different theoretical frameworks: Francis Jeffrey's review of Wilhelm Meister, for example, begins with a disquisition on sociology.
The advent of another politically mandated myopia to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to railroad the Bangsamoro Government (BG) with expanded territory, the introduction of a "wali," chief minister, parliament, etc., the configuration closely similar to the "unconstitutional and illegal" MOA-AD (Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain) by the Supreme Court (SC), October 14, 2008, requires the widest public disquisition, and transparency.