AskDefine | Define prolegomenon

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Noun

  1. usually in plural A prefatory discussion; a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work.

Extensive Definition

In an essay, article, or book, an introduction (also known as a prolegomenon) is a beginning section which states the purpose and goals of the following writing. This is generally followed by the body and conclusion.
Tits
prolegomenon in French: Introduction (littérature)
prolegomenon in Russian: Введение
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