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  • noun Plural form of schoolman.


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  • THOMAS AQUINAS, 1227-1274 A.D. There were many famous scholastics, or "schoolmen," but easily the foremost among them was the Italian monk, Thomas Aquinas.

    Early European History Hutton Webster

  • In the mediaeval universities the professors, or "schoolmen", devoted themselves to the elaborate formulation of Christian doctrine and the interpretation of Aristotle's works.

    The Mind in the Making The Relation of Intelligence to Social Reform James Harvey Robinson 1899

  • And though his submission, signalised on his death-bed, did not interfere with the freest working of his brilliant intellect within limits permitted to the former ecclesiastical "schoolmen," it did prevent his frank realization of the eternal oneness of all being.

    Pantheism, Its Story and Significance Religions Ancient and Modern J. Allanson Picton 1871

  • "schoolmen,"'i. e'. the Catholic casuists of the day (l. 398).

    The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems Alexander Pope 1716

  • Figures like Suarez and the “schoolmen” to whom Algernon Sydney invoked when he claimed rights against the British Crown and lost his head for it.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Voting, Religion, and Public Officials: 2009

  • One when they are new, and yet their meaning not explained by definition; whereof there have been abundance coined by schoolmen, and puzzled philosophers.

    Thomas Hobbes Duncan, Stewart 2009

  • The schoolmen and the ancients thought in terms of matter and form.

    Sunday sermon ... Frank Wilson 2006

  • The tradition of the schoolmen can make good use of economics, but only as a maid-of-all-work.

    The Pseudo-Science of Economics 2008

  • And if this is why the schoolmen want to call man a sociable animal — I mean because men in the state of nature can hardly be independent —

    A Political Treatise 2007

  • Yet thus much I find, that our schoolmen and other [1160] divines make nine kinds of bad spirits, as Dionysius hath done of angels.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007


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