A Companion to the Spanish Scholastics


This Companion to the Spanish Scholastics offers a much-needed survey of the entire field of early modern Spanish scholastic thought. The volume introduces main themes and contexts of scholastics inquiry (theology, philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, law, science and the senses) through close examination of a wide range of texts, debates, methods, and authors, as well as in-depth discussion of the relevant literature. Each chapter includes a useful bibliography and serves as point of departure for future research. The volume not only draws the sum of existing research, but also challenges established notions and breaks new ground.

Contributors: Fernanda Alfieri, Harald Braun, Paolo Broggio, Alejandro Chafuen, Wim Decock, Fernando Domínguez Reboiras, Thomas Duve, Petr Dvořák, Giovanni Gellera, Juan Manuel Gómez Paris, Christophe Grellard, Miroslav Hanke, Ruth Hill, Harro Höpfl, Nils Jansen, Vincenzo Lavenia, Thomas Marschler, Fabio Monsalve, Thomas Pink, Rudolf Schüssler, Daniel Schwartz, Leen Spruit, Toon Van Houdt, María José Vega, and Andreas Wagner.

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Harald Ernst Braun, D.Phil. Oxon. (2001), is Reader in European History (1300–1700) at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on early modern Catholic, especially Spanish political thought and culture.

Erik De Bom, Ph.D. (2009, KU Leuven) is Research Fellow at that university. He has published on the history of political thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early modern intellectual history and Renaissance humanism.

Paolo Astorri, Ph.D. (2018, KU Leuven) is Postdoctoral Researcher in Legal History at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Privacy Studies. His book Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520–1720), published in Brill’s new series Law and Religion in Early Modern Period, won the REFORC book award in 2020.
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Notes on Contributors

Part 1

  Harald E. Braun

Part 2
1 Theology
  Christophe Grellard

2 Managing Dissent
  María José Vega

3 Law
  Thomas Duve

Part 3
4 Grace
  Paolo Broggio

5 Divine Attributes
  Thomas Marschler

6 Biblical Criticism
  Fernando Domínguez Reboiras

Part 4
7 Logic
  Petr Dvořák and Miroslav Hanke

8 Natural Philosophy
  Giovanni Gellera

9 Psychology
  Leen Spruit

Part 5
10 Final Causation in Jesuit Thought Finality and Nature and Normative Power
  Thomas Pink

11 Love, Marriage, and Sexuality in Spanish Scholastic Thought
  Fernanda Alfieri

12 Probabilism and Casuistry
  Rudolf Schüssler

Part 6
13 Church and State
  Harro Höpfl

14 Jus Post Bellum in the Spanish Scholastics Statism and Individualism
  Daniel Schwartz

Part 7
15 Usury and Interest
  Toon van Houdt and Fabio Monsalve

16 Just Pricing
  Alejandro Chafuen

17 Taxation
  Vincenzo Lavenia

Part 8
18 Between Cosmopolitan Citizens and Sovereign Nations International Law According to the Spanish Scholastics
  Andreas Wagner

19 Contract Law in Early Modern Scholasticism
  Wim Decock

20 The Doctrine of Restitution (Restitutio)
  Nils Jansen

Part 9
Science and the Senses
21 Scholastics and Novatores
  Juan Manuel Gómez Paris

22 The New World and the Problem of Race
  Ruth Hill


All interested in early modern intellectual history, especially the history of political and social thought, law, theology, ethics, philosophy, economics, and science as well as the history of early modern Catholicism and the Catholic church. Keywords: scholasticism, humanism, second scholastic, Catholicism, empire, theology, politics, law, ethics, economics, philosophy, early modern science, Counter-Reformation, Reformation, early modern Spain, early modern Iberia, School of Salamanca.
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