- (sometimes initial capital letter) the system of theological and philosophical teaching predominant in the Middle Ages, based chiefly upon the authority of the church fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators.
- narrow adherence to traditional teachings, doctrines, or methods.
Origin of scholasticism
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Examples from the Web for scholasticism
Albert, with all his scholasticism, was no contemptible naturalist.The Legacy of Greece
But it is not the result of mere barren connoisseurship or scholasticism.Progress and History
Scholasticism was a dissent from the teachings of St. Augustine and the ascetics.History of Education
The influence of Maimonides on Christian scholasticism is still greater.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
Scholasticism had done its work and no new movement took its place.The Story of Paris
- (sometimes capital) the system of philosophy, theology, and teaching that dominated medieval western Europe and was based on the writings of the Church Fathers and (from the 12th century) Aristotle
- strict adherence to traditional doctrines
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Word Origin and History for scholasticism
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