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Hildegard von Bingen

The concept of encyclopedic knowledge was once attributed to exceptionally well-read or knowledgeable persons such as Plato, Aristotle, Hildegard von Bingen, Leonardo da Vinci, Immanuel Kant, or G.W.F. Hegel. Professor Tom Rockmore described Hegel, for example, as a polymath and "a modern Aristotle, perhaps the last person to know everything of value that was known during his lifetime."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Such persons are generally described as such based on their deep cognitive grasp of multiple and diverse fields of inquiry---an intellectually exceptional subset of philosophers who might also be differentiated from the multi-talented, the genius, or the "Renaissance man."

It is no longer considered realistic, or feasible, for any one person to be truthfully described as having encyclopedic knowledge. The concept has been subsumed into the discourses on the production of knowledge and artificial intelligence. Instead, we are now preoccupied with knowledgebases distributed as software or web services.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Encyclopedic knowledge sections
Intro   Generating Encyclopedic Knowledge    References In Popular Culture and Literature    Domain-specific encyclopedic knowledge    References    External Sources   

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