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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Scholasticism(noun)

    the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers

  2. scholasticism, academicism, academism(noun)

    orthodoxy of a scholastic variety


  1. scholasticism(Noun)

    a tradition or school of philosophy, originating in the Middle Ages, that combines classical philosophy with Catholic theology

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scholasticism(noun)

    the method or subtilties of the schools of philosophy; scholastic formality; scholastic doctrines or philosophy


  1. Scholasticism

    Scholasticism is a method of critical thought which dominated teaching by the academics of medieval universities in Europe from about 1100–1500, and a program of employing that method in articulating and defending dogma in an increasingly pluralistic context. It originated as an outgrowth of, and a departure from, Christian monastic schools at the earliest European universities. The first institutions in the West to be considered universities were established in Italy, France, Spain and England in the late 11th and the 12th centuries for the study of arts, law, medicine, and theology, such as the University of Salerno, the University of Bologna, and the University of Paris. It is difficult to define the date at which they became true universities, although the lists of studia generalia for higher education in Europe held by the Catholic Church and its various religious orders are a useful guide. Not so much a philosophy or a theology as a method of learning, scholasticism places a strong emphasis on dialectical reasoning to extend knowledge by inference, and to resolve contradictions. Scholastic thought is also known for rigorous conceptual analysis and the careful drawing of distinctions. In the classroom and in writing, it often takes the form of explicit disputation: a topic drawn from the tradition is broached in the form of a question, opponents' responses are given, a counterproposal is argued and opponent's arguments rebutted. Because of its emphasis on rigorous dialectical method, scholasticism was eventually applied to many other fields of study.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Scholasticism

    the name given to the philosophy that prevailed in Europe during the Middle Ages, particularly in the second half of them, and has been generally characterised as an attempt at conciliation between dogma and thought, between faith and reason, an attempt to form a scientific system on that basis, founded on the pre-supposition that the creed of the Church was absolutely true, and capable of rationalisation.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scholasticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scholasticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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