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The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke

John Willinsky


The book traces the origins of the intellectual property concept across a millennium-plus history of the learned book in the West. It seeks to inform current debates over scholarly publishing by asking what it is about the cultures and institutions of learning that gave rise to this sense of a text constituting an intellectual property, even as these works often acquired in these learned settings a distinctive legal and economic standing compared to other sorts of property. The book begins with Saint Jerome and what was, in effect, his monastic publishing house in the fifth century, before goi ... More

Keywords: History of the book, intellectual property, John Locke, monasticism, university origins, Augustine, Islamic learning, translation, Erasmus, Abelard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226487922
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226488080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Willinsky, author
Stanford University