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About Method And Matter. Scholasticism And The Realism-Conceptualism Controversy In Contemporary Theology

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Recent expositions of historical scholasticism have underscored the methodological character of this position. Still, the argument can be made that the use of the scholastic method in present-day theology has also a material implication, i.e., that of a realistic interpretation of theological statements. The reverse might also be true. Something like a scholastic approach to a realistic theology is indispensable. This chapter first explains the link between the scholastic method and realism in contemporary theology; then it demonstrates the importance of realism as one of the two available a priori views of theology; and finally it demonstrates that the scholastic method is indispensable to promote and protect realism.

Keywords: conceptualism; contemporary theology; realism; scholasticism



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