Vitoria Political Writings

ISBN-10: 052136714X

ISBN-13: 9780521367141

Edition: 1991

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Description: Francisco Vitoria was the earliest and arguably the most important of the Thomist political philosophers of the Counter-Reformation. Not only did he write important essays on civil and ecclesiastical power, but he became celebrated for his defence of the new world Indians against the imperialism of his own master, the King of Spain. Vitoria's political works are thus of great importance for an understanding both of the rise of modern absolutism, and the debate about the emergent imperialism of the European powers. His works are also unusually accessible, since they survive mainly in the form of 'relectiones', or summaries delivered at the end of his lecture courses on law and theology at the University of Salamanca. Translated here into English for the first time, these texts comprise the core of Vitoria's thought, and will be of interest to specialists in political theory and the history of ideas, ecclesiastical history, and the history of early modern Spain. A comprehensive introduction, a chronology, and a bibliography accompany the texts.

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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

Editors+ note
Abbreviations and sigla
Introduction
Principal events in Vitoria+s life
Bibliographical note
Critical note on texts and translation
On civil power
On the power of the Church
On the power of the Church
On law: lectures on ST I-II 90-105
On dietary laws, self-restraint (extract)
On the American Indians
On the law of war
List of references
Biographical notes
Glossary-index
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