Medieval Philosophy after the Middle Ages

Jacob Schmutz

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Medieval Philosophy after the Middle Ages

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This article defends three historical theses: (1) medieval sources remained a living material for early modern readers, although some selections were made; (2) early modern readers were eager not to repeat, but to expand the medieval doctrines; (3) a close historical study of early modern scholasticism can explain numerous and important features of contemporary philosophy, such as, for instance, the opposition between realism and idealism or even the famous “Continental–analytical” divide. It concludes that medieval philosophy had a paradoxical fate after the Middle Ages. Medieval philosophy's conceptual tools led not only the famous novatores, but also the more orthodox scholastics, to embrace new world views that are quite far from the medieval one.

Keywords: medieval doctrines; realism; idealism; Continental–analytical divide; early modern scholasticism

Article.  10342 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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