Studies in the History of Law and Justice

At the Origins of Modernity

Francisco de Vitoria and the Discovery of International Law

Editors: Beneyto, José María, Corti Varela, Justo (Eds.)

  • Is a comprehensive study of the consequences of Vitoria's thoughts for the creation of an international law theory
  • Elaborates on the development of the School of Salamanca’s concept of "just war" and human rights protection for current conflicts
  • Includes a chapter on applying the idea of the "nomos of the code" to the governance of digital communications
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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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Francisco de Vitoria and the Origins of the Modern Global Order

    Pagden, Anthony

    Pages 1-17

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  • From the “Imago Dei” to the “Bon Sauvage”: Francisco de Vitoria and the Natural Law School

    Todescan, Franco

    Pages 21-43

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  • The Sovereignty of Law in the Works of Francisco de Vitoria

    Langella, Simona

    Pages 45-61

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  • Vitoria, the Common Good and the Limits of Political Power

    Alves, André Azevedo

    Pages 63-75

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  • The Problem of Eurocentrism in the Thought of Francisco de Vitoria

    Fitzmaurice, Andrew

    Pages 77-93

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Buy this book

eBook 95,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62998-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62997-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
At the Origins of Modernity
Book Subtitle
Francisco de Vitoria and the Discovery of International Law
Editors
  • José María Beneyto
  • Justo Corti Varela
Series Title
Studies in the History of Law and Justice
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62998-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62998-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62997-1
Series ISSN
2198-9842
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 217
Topics