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The Evolution of Professional Education


by John S. Brubacher 1962

In spite of its Latin derivation, the word "profession" has come into relatively recent use. In the early eighteenth century, the essayist Addison is known to have referred to the "three professions of divinity, law, and physic." Bacon's use of the term shows it had some currency in the century before that. Perhaps the earliest known mention of the word "profession" occurs in the sixteenth century. Seeking for use of the word "profession" prior to the sixteenth century reveals the surprising fact that, though Latin in origin, no corresponding term appears in the language of the Romans-or of the Greeks, for that matter.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 61, No. 2


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 10, 1962, p. 47-67
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19813, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 11:59:50 AM

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