discourse (up)on (something)

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discourse (up)on (something)

To talk about something at length. If he discourses about this abstract theory any longer, I'm going to fall asleep.
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discourse (up)on

someone or something to lecture about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I would like to discourse upon this matter awhile. The committee chose to discourse on Tom and his latest fiasco rather than deal with the budgetary problems it faces.
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Here, he explores the effect of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things--an exploration of science, philosophy, and psychology and a repudiation of the supernatural written in the first century BC--on European culture and discourse upon its rediscovery in the 15th century.
However; the author also challenges the medicalisation and medication of disease per se and here I decided to err on the side of a pragmatic pluralism: of recognising the need to place limitations upon a pure scientific or medical explication of illness and to maintain this discourse upon and within its (medicine's) philosophical foundations but not to refute it completely.
Not only must The Federalist Papers be read as a series of partisan political writings, as they most assuredly were, but also as a brilliant discourse upon, and rationale for, the new government--one which remains original and timely over two centuries later.
And Erasmus and Lipsius eclectically juxtapose discourse upon discourse to effect a chameleon-like identity, suited to all seasons and ready to change at a moment's notice.
To the ample listings in this section should be added Thomas Elyot's rendering of Giovanni's Regulae duodecim (The Rules of a Christian Lyfe, London, 1534) and Thomas Stanley's rendering of Giovanni's Commento (A Platonick Discourse upon Love, London, 1651).
In a brief passage of exceptional strength, Metz explores "whiteness" in terms of Herman Melville's discourse upon it in Moby-Dick.
The chapter titled, "Roman Catholic Political Philosophy" is a discourse upon the pope's encyclical Fides et ratio as it pertains to the study of political philosophy.
As a "possessor society" ourselves, we must indeed begin to grapple with the totalizing power of this narrower discourse upon us.
Of "The Vatican and the Red Flag", as of precious little other modern historiography, it can be said: read it, or risk being exposed as forever unfit to discourse upon its subject.
The same could well apply to William's daughter, Susanna Hall: she certainly owned at least one book, a copy of A Mervaylovs discourse upon the lyfe of Katherine de Medicis.
He even went so far as to suggest that it was an "impertinence to discourse upon how the battle .
In her introduction to Introductory Concepts in Information Science, she says, "It is not the intention here to attempt a definitive declaration of what information science is, but rather to stimulate a constructive and creative discourse upon both topics.
The longest of the three discourses is "A Discourse Upon the Beginning of Tacitus.
Sir George Clark, editor of the Duppa-Isham correspondence, identifies the `modell' of Gondibert as A Discourse upon Gondibert an Heroick Poem written by Sir William D'Avenant With an Answer to it by Mr.
Like the other novels of this long series, begun with The Guyana Quartet - which comprised the novels Palace of the Peacock, The Far Journey of Oudin, The Whole Amour, and The Secret Ladder (1960-63) - this latest text hangs its intensely complex fabric of poetic legendizing and abstract discourse upon a simple, quasi-realistic skeletal frame story.