Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The dominant western Christian theological and philosophical school of the Middle Ages, based on the authority of the Latin Fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators.
  • n. Close adherence to the methods, traditions, and teachings of a sect or school.
  • n. Scholarly conservatism or pedantry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The method or subtilties of the schools of philosophy; scholastic formality; scholastic doctrines or philosophy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Aristotelian teaching of the medieval schools and universities, and similar teaching in Roman Catholic institutions in modern times, characterized by acknowledgment of the authority of the church, by being largely, if not wholly, based upon the authority of the church fathers, of Aristotle, and of Arabian commentators, and by its stiff and formal method of discussion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. orthodoxy of a scholastic variety
  • n. the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers

Etymologies

scholastic +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For instance, the word scholasticism, he thinks it might be a good idea to “look up” since he drops it into many conversations with students and faculty alike.

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  • Beginning in Italy during the early Renaissance and working its way north, it was a reaction to the dominant philosophical school of the Middle Ages, known as scholasticism, which reinforced the absolute and universal authority of the Catholic Church.

    The Great Experiment

  • Another big issue is the idea of scholasticism v. spirituality in the medieval period.

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  • Alexander, please don't fall into the "scholasticism" sucker game.

    Two Years after Summorum Pontificum: The Situation in France

  • Anyone who reacts vehemently regarding "scholasticism" is perhaps reacting to a misunderstanding of scholasticism, in my humble opinion.

    Frank Schaeffer

  • It is to be feared that this art and thought may be absorbed by the decadent subtleties or pedantic scholasticism which is apt to accompany all coteries -- in short, that its music will be salon-music rather than chamber-music.

    Musicians of To-Day

  • According to Syracuse University professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Rajavi provides the MEK's critique of the limitations of a host of "isms" such as scholasticism, positivism, pragmatism, scientism, empiricism, and rationalism.

    The National Council of Resistance of Iran - NCRI

  • Perhaps most important of all, a new intellectual movement known as "scholasticism" arose.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • "scholasticism" flourished, which sought to combine logic of the classical philosophers with medieval Christian theology.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • It is to be feared that this art and thought may be absorbed by the decadent subtleties or pedantic scholasticism which is apt to accompany all coteries ” in short, that its music will be salon-music rather than chamber-music.

    Musicians of To-Day

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