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The Societas Scholasticorum was begun in 2005 by students of the Roman Pontifical Universities.
Though hailing from different countries and boasting different academic backgrounds, each student spoke of the same difficulty in higher education; an experience that had led each to the Eternal City: disunity.
As modern science has lighted the darkest corners of the discernable universe, the lack of a complete philosophy adequate to synthesize all the empirical results has cloven every field of human knowledge one from the other. Now, each science is autonomous, submitting all reality to its own judgment, and admitting no conclusions outside of itself. Every science is an empire and every scientist a tyrant--there is no longer wisdom, only wise men.
Of all the fields of academia, none are so disorganized and barren as philosophy; for, disunity breeds subjectivism, and subjectivism breeds nothing. As the great Italian Thomist Giovanni Maria Cornoldi wrote, “There is such a variety and contradiction in the doctrines taught (in modern philosophy) that one cannot adhere to one system without openly denying the others. The diversity which reigns in modern schools is so general that two professors can hardly be found, even in the same college, agreeing, I will not say upon the whole field of philosophy, but simply upon its fundamental principles. Moreover, it becomes impossible to teach the same doctrine for ten years. There is a continuous change and contradiction. From the center of the circle, which is one and indivisible, an infinite number of radii may proceed and extend in all directions. In all fields of human speculation, innumerable errors may likewise be found to diverge more and more from the one and indivisible truth.”
A sad fate for philosophy--a sad fate for the one and only discipline that can ultimately deal with particular sciences and arts, making sense of their connections and ordering their objects. But, then again, the Schoolmen do not believe in fate...