The term 'scholasticism', along with a group of related terms, owes its origins to the agenda of the later Renaissance. Humanist writers, concerned to undermine the intellectual and cultural credibility of the period still known as 'The Middle Ages', developed a vocabulary designed to discredit it. The term 'Middle Ages' begins to emerge in the early sixteenth century, in writers such as Vadian (Joachim von Watt) and Beatus Rhenanus. The term is intended to imply that the 'Middle Ages' is to be viewed as little more than an interval between the intellectual and cultural glories of classical antiquity and those of the Renaissance.
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