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This spearhead focuses on the development of debate culture. It forms the basis of our research into processes of development and establishment of information and knowledge in society, as well as the mechanisms of control and authority. It will make clear how processes of change and renewal of knowledge were introduced in existing, accepted bodies of thought, and it will shed light on the question when new knowledge was embraced or rejected. In doing so, the research will give us insight into both the distribution and the formation of thinking in a social context.