Antedating of "Scholasticism"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Jul 27 20:07:23 UTC 2006

No one has yet turned up any instances of "Scholasticism" earlier than Fred's!  "Scholastic" or "Scholastical," referring specifically to Thomastic theology, does occur earlier--and very often derisively on the part of Protestants and other reformers (somewhat in the manner of Page's distinction).


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 15:57:27 -0400
>From: Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Antedating of "Scholasticism"

>Never heard this before.  But I associate the Scholastics with Thomas Aquinas.  Surely there are cites before the 18th century???
>At 03:41 PM 7/27/2006, you wrote:
>>This may be original with me but I use the term "scholasticism" when I describe academic articles which depend for their publishability  not on whether their authors have any original ideas but if they merely quote the literature in order to get their articles into print in academic journals.
>>I use the term in opposition to "scholarship" which is another thing entirely.
>>Page Stephens
>> > [Original Message]
>> > From: Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
>> > Date: 7/26/2006 10:15:10 PM
>> > Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Scholasticism"
>> >
>> > scholasticism (OED 1756-82)
>> >
>> > 1706 Brocklesby, Richard. _An explication of the Gospel-theism and the divinity of the Christian religion_ preface (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  With this Idea of the Holy Ghost, _An Idea of the Nature of the Holy Scriptures_ is connex'd, which demonstrateth, that they are Aliens from Scholasticism, and consequently our Theology of the Godhead and the Persons thereof ought to be of another kind and Character than Scholastic.
>> >
>> > Fred Shapiro

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