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Old 2017-04-01, 16:26   #5
a nicol
 
Nov 2016

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Interesting! Thank you for the info Nick, I couldn't work out why there were no other apparent references to it.

"These are being accompanied by propositions ('stellingen'). Such propositions (which have survived in Dutch universities to this day) are a set of statements of a scientific nature, the first few of which may be related to the subject of the thesis itself and the rest is usually of a more general nature. The candidate should be prepared to defend these at the promotion ceremony. In the days of the Kapteyn brothers it was also possible to obtain a doctor's degree solely on presenting and defending a set of propositions"
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