Definition of scholasticism in US English:



  • 1The system of theology and philosophy taught in medieval European universities, based on Aristotelian logic and the writings of the early Church Fathers and having a strong emphasis on tradition and dogma.

    • ‘Reformation studies were at that time preoccupied with tracing the intellectual and political origins of the movement - the survival of Lollardy, the challenge to scholasticism, the emergence of the centralised Tudor state.’
    • ‘While borrowing much from scholasticism, Descartes' account is distinguished by its scope of application.’
    • ‘His major contributions however were in the fields of Madhyamaka philosophy and Abhidharma scholasticism.’
    • ‘Because most medieval physicians defended scholasticism, he was not a friend of the medical profession.’
    • ‘To press that case, the book has to ignore most of the theological and philosophical traditions from the rise of medieval scholasticism to the twentieth-century declaration that ‘God is dead.’’
    • ‘Humanism is often opposed to medieval scholasticism and macaronic language.’
    • ‘Belief in the truth that the creation is God's handiwork generated the scientific progress that began not in the eighteenth century but in medieval scholasticism.’
    • ‘Many have looked to the rise of modern science for the answer, particularly in its decisive break with medieval scholasticism.’
    • ‘Even Thomas Aquinas was a stowaway, as the Spaniards smuggled his scholasticism and rigid conceptions of social hierarchy into the Americas.’
    • ‘The turn away from Protestant scholasticism was given clear, systematic justification in the theology of Horace Bushnell.’
    • ‘Finally, he examines the decreasing influence of strict Reformed theology due to rising scholasticism, sectarianism and natural theology based on enlightened philosophy.’
    • ‘Not until the late nineteenth century was it understood that his attacks on late medieval scholasticism did not result from brash ignorance but from a proper understanding of traditional theology, especially patristic.’
    • ‘Spanish medical knowledge of the age, still heavily based on Galen and scholasticism, assumed that light-skinned men were colder and phlegmatic.’
    • ‘I've been trained by a state-financed educational institution in the discourse of philosophy that still bears the scars of scholasticism.’
    • ‘Medieval scholasticism has continued to fuel contemporary debates on euthanasia and abortion and it has helped revive casuistry (now called ‘applied ethics’ and performed by committees).’
    • ‘Medieval scholasticism had trained students in Latin, letter-writing and philosophy, but its teachers and thinkers were generally subservient to the authorities (usually the church) for which they worked.’
    • ‘The monasteries were also the birthplace of scholasticism.’
    • ‘As the recovery work continues, it is becoming evident that medieval women were not theologically quiescent, but spoke in different theological accents from the scholasticism that dominated the theological academy.’
    • ‘A greater recognition of the role of medieval humanism, scholasticism, Gothic architecture and Catholicism in McLuhan's thought would have opened up another avenue of uniquely Canadian direction in McLuhan.’
    • ‘Nothing, especially not the deepest and most sacred religious beliefs, was safe from logic-chopping medieval scholasticism.’
    1. 1.1 Narrow-minded insistence on traditional doctrine.
      • ‘This, however, does not seem to be either the best or the most prevalent view of scholasticism regarding synderesis.’
      • ‘His formulation also perpetuates the faulty nature/grace dichotomy so deeply embedded within federal scholasticism.’
      • ‘You may temporarily lose the will to live, under the weight of its wilful pomposity, laboured scholasticism and, let's be frank, myriad boring bits, but it won't actually kill you.’
      • ‘This text highlights how my training in philosophy was a plunging into the history of philosophy (analytic, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno etc) with its dangers of scholasticism.’
      • ‘In later life he was sensitive to the resemblance between the Thomistic scholasticism in which he was trained and the Marxist scholasticism that he embraced as an adult.’
      pretentiousness, pomposity, pompousness, dullness, tedium
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