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The International Society of Scholastics was begun in 2005 as the Societas Scholasticorum, founded by students from among the
various Universities of Rome. Though hailing from different countries and boasting different academic backgrounds, each
student spoke of the same frustration with academia--a frustration which had led each to the Eternal City: disunity.
science has lighted the darkest corners of the discernable universe, the lack of a complete approach 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.
As the great Italian Scholar Giovanni Maria Cornoldi wrote, There is such a variety and contradiction
in the doctrines taught (in modern science) 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 science, 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.
The goal of the ISS from its very beginning has been to reconcile
the warring sciences by restoring the Aristotelico-Thomistic system of investigation: the one and only method that can ultimately
deal with particular sciences and arts, making sense of their connections and ordering their objects. This common rational method
is analogically applied to any and every human discipline. We call it Connatural Method; it is nothing more than the
strict and systematic observance of the intellect's natural mode of investigating and learning--a common-sensical, perennial approach transcending
all cultural boundaries and under-development for nearly 25 centuries.
Over the last eight years, the ISS has received hundreds
of members from more than thirty countries. We are now a vast union of scholars and scientists; a union brought together by
fidelity to the principles, methods, and doctrines of Scholastic investigation, in order that, by association, we may promote
the Scholastic system as the highest and most universal synthesis of unaided reasonand thus, work for the reconciliation
of the sciences.
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