Science historian John Schuler speaks of “hegemonic scholastic Aristotelianism” during the Middle Ages – lets unpack this a bit:
hegemonic – it dominated society and excluded opposition
scholastic – it resided in the schools, the universities that arose in the Middle Ages
Aristotelianism – it is related to Aristotle’s writings
Hegemonic scholastic Aristotelianism declined with the growth in modernizing movements – the Renaissance, the Reformation, modern science – and alternatives arose – mechanistic thought, scientistic philosophy – until the 19th century when universities increasingly became science-based, government-funded institutions as science became professionalized and grew in prestige. Latin gave way to the vernacular as education was increasingly democratized.
There is something about universities that inclines them toward a common mindset. Who will criticize you if you teach the conventional wisdom? Universities are bastions of academic conformity which today means Darwinism, evolutionism, naturalism, and increasingly atheism.
So in the late-modern/post-modern era we have hegemonic scholastic Darwinism:
hegemonic – it dominates society and excludes opposition
scholastic – it resides in the schools, the universities in particular
Darwinism – it is somehow related to Darwin’s writings
This brings to mind the French saying, translated as “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”