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At the Origins of Modernity

Francisco de Vitoria and the Discovery of International Law

  • José María Beneyto
  • Justo Corti Varela

Part of the Studies in the History of Law and Justice book series (SHLJ, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Vitoria as the Father of International Law

  3. Vitoria and the Jus Bellum Iustum

  4. The Ambiguous Modernity of Vitoria’s Theological and Economical Thoughts

About this book

Introduction

This book is based on an international project conducted by the Institute for European Studies of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and a seminar on Vitoria and International Law which took place on July 2nd 2015 in the convent of San Esteban, the place where Vitoria spent his most productive years as Chair of Theology at the University of Salamanca.  It argues that Vitoria not only lived at a time bridging the Middle Ages and Modernity, but also that his thoughts went beyond the times he lived in, giving us inspiration for meeting current challenges that could also be described as “modern” or even post-modern.

There has been renewed interest in Francisco de Vitoria in the last few years, and he is now at the centre of a debate on such central international topics as political modernity, colonialism, the discovery of the “Other” and the legitimation of military interventions. All these subjects include Vitoria’s contributions to the formation of the idea of modernity and modern international law.

The book explores two concepts of modernity: one referring to the post-medieval ages and the other to our times. It discusses the connections between the challenges that the New World posed for XVIth century thinkers and those that we are currently facing, for example those related to the cyberworld. It also addresses the idea of international law and the legitimation of the use of force, two concepts that are at the core of Vitoria’s texts, in the context of “modern” problems related to a multipolar world and the war against terrorism.

This is not a historical book on Vitoria, but a very current one that argues the value of Vitoria’s reflections for contemporary issues of international law.

Keywords

Salamanca's School Francisco de Vitoria Just War Origins of International Law Francisco De Vitoria Founder of the Modern Law of Nations Vitoria as a father of International Law de Vitoria and the Natural Law School de Vitoria and the Sovereignty of Law problem of Eurocentrism modern historiography of International Law Vitoria and the jus bellum iustum de Vitoria´s theory of just war de Vitoria on Justice and Dominion Vitoria’s theological and economical thoughts Vitoria´s Doctrine of the Providential Function of Commerce Vitoria and the use of force

Editors and affiliations

  • José María Beneyto
    • 1
  • Justo Corti Varela
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for European StudiesCEU San Pablo UniversityMadridSpain
  2. 2.Institute for European studiesCEU San Pablo University MadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62998-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62997-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62998-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9842
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9850
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