dominant philosophy in the period up to 1600 is known as scholasticism. This is
a fusion of Aristotles work with Christianity. It is accepted and taught by
the churches and the universities. A highly systematic and comprehensive view,
it was ideal for teaching at the medieval universities. However, the major task
is seen as the further interpretation of the works of Aristotle rather than the
pursuance of new and useful discoveries. Scholasticism is perhaps the ultimate
ivory tower philosophy. While some people do try to attack it, because of
its highly integrated nature it is a difficult system to reform. Either one
accepts it or rejects it as a whole. Only when the equally comprehensive and
systematic works of Descartes become available in the 1640s was
it replaced as the main view of the universities.
by: Richard P Whaite
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