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Scholastic Meditations

  • By Nicholas Rescher
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The newest volume in the ongoing Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy series comprises ten essays that mediate between Scholastic concerns and contemporary philosophical issues. Distinguished author and philosopher Nicholas Rescher suggests that the Scholastic era--the 500-year period from Abelard to Suarez--was a model of philosophical activity. More than at any other stage of history, philosophy stood at the center of academic and intellectual culture. And many of the criticisms of the scholastic thinkers voiced since that time--their preoccupation with subtle distinctions and logic-chopping, for example--fail to do justice to the seriousness of their concerns and to the fact that their subtleties generally served a clear purpose with regard to the clarification of significant philosophical issues.

The studies gathered in this volume seek to do homage to the spirit of Scholasticism. They address key issues in that tradition--some from an historical point of view, others from a more substantive standpoint. The essays are written in the conviction that there is much to be learned from the schoolmen even when one fails to agree with their substantive doctrinal positions. The methods they employed and their commitment to their projects have much to teach--and to inspire--us about the proper conduct of philosophizing.


Nicholas Rescher is professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. A former president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, he is the author more than one hundred books in various areas of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, value theory and social philosophy, logic, the philosophy of science, and the history of philosophy.

Winner of the Mercier Prize of the Universite Catholique de Louvain, 2005.


"Rescher's knowledge of the history of philosophy--especially the medieval and modern eras--is impressive. Drawing upon Aquinas and other great scholastics, he is able to formulate questions and propose solutions to contemporary metaphysics and epistemology that are informed by the great medieval scholastics in a way that critically employs these authors without slavishly following them wherever they lead." -- Craig A. Boyd, Review of Metaphysics

"Rescher's scholastically inspired meditations are intended to mediate between typical scholastic concerns and contemporary philosophical issues. . . . T]his collection provides a good model of how the contributions of the early scholastics can be brought to bear on contemporary philosophy, making this book as intellectually provocative to analytic philosophers as to neoscholastics. . . . The result is a volume that manifests the ways in which the career of this productive late-twentieth-century philosopher itself mediates between scholasticism and contemporary thought. The reader will indeed find here the fruit of both the respectful study of the tradition as well as critical philosophical analysis." -- Michael Tkacz, Philosophy in Review

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    • SKU: 9780813232072
    • Manufacturer: Catholic Univ Of Amer Pr
    • ISBN 13: 9780813232072
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2019
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Nicholas Rescher
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