In Defense of Baroque Scholasticism

Studia Neoaristotelica 6 (2):209-233 (2009)
Abstract
Defensio Scholasticae BarocaeFranciscus Suarez (1548–1617) communiter fere ad hoc tempus “ultimus Medii Aevi philosophus”, qui praeclarae scholasticae traditioni finem posuerit, esse visus est. Huius tractationis thesis autem est, eum re vera cultum mirum disciplinarum et artium philosophicarum non sane terminavisse, sed magis incepisse. Cultum hunc, qui saeculo decimo septimo duodevicesimique principio florebat, “Scholasticam Barocam” optime appelandum esse arguitur. Deinde quaeritur, qua re de huius cultus investigatione hodierna philosophiae historia lingua Anglica scripta nihil curat, causae quaedam huius negligentiae indicantur, ad maiorem animadversionem Scholasticae Barocae adhortatur.In Defense of Baroque ScholasticismUntil recently Francisco Suárez (1548–1617) has been regarded as the “last medieval philosopher,” representing the end of the philosophically respectful scholastic tradition going back to the Early Middle Ages. In fact, however, Suárez stood at the beginning, rather than at the end, of a distinguished scholastic culture, which should best be labeled “Baroque scholasticism,” and which flourished throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In this paper I offer some ideas on why the study of this philosophical culture has been so far neglected by the mainstream Anglo-American philosophical historiography and argue that more attention should be paid to it
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