A philosophical system that reached its pinnacle with the work of Thomas Aquinas. Scholastics used reason to reconcile conflicting authorities and to create coherent intellectual systems out of the mass of past writings and opinions. Their method entailed careful study, respect for all past authorities, and logical thinking.
Related term(s): Scholastic; Gloss; Glossator
Category: Universities and Education
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
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