Francisco Suárez (1548–1617)

Jesuits and the Complexities of Modernity


This is a bilingual edition of the selected peer-reviewed papers that were submitted for the International Symposium on Jesuit Studies on the thought of the Jesuit Francisco Suárez (1548–1617). The symposium was co-organized in Seville in 2018 by the Departamento de Humanidades y Filosofía at Universidad Loyola Andalucía and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.
Suárez was a theologian, philosopher and jurist who had a significant cultural impact on the development of modernity. Commemorating the four-hundredth anniversary of his death, the symposium studied the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early modernity.

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Robert A. Maryks, PhD (Fordham University) has published widely on the history of the Jesuits, including, most recently, the edited volume Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Asia and the Americas (Brill, 2018). He is the editor of the Journal of Jesuits Studies, Brill’s series of Jesuit Studies, Jesuit Historiography Online, and Brill Research Perspectives in Jesuit Studies.
Juan Antonio Senent De Frutos, PhD is professor of philosophy of law, ethics and politics at Universidad Loyola Andalucía. He is senior researcher for the project “Jesuit Thought and Tradition: Its Influence on Modernity from the Perspective of History, Translation Studies, and Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy”.
“The volume especially shines by putting Suárez into fruitful and critical conversations with other well-known thinkers, mostly English, of the modern political canon like Machiavelli, Hobbes, James I, Bentham, and Locke. […] Overall, [it] offers the best recent treatment in English of Suárez’s political thought.”
David Lantigua, University of Notre Dame. In: Theological Studies, Vol. 81, No. 1 (2020), pp. 244–255.

“The articles give a remarkable overview of recent tendencies in the interpretation of this Jesuit thinker [and] offer valuable contributions to further illuminate the various traditions that shaped early modernity.”
Bernhard Knorn, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 2 (Summer 2021), pp. 679–681.

Robert Aleksander Maryks
Juan Antonio Senent-De Frutos

Part 1: Metaphysics

 1 Francisco Suárez’s Metaphysics of Cognitive Acts
Daniel Heider
2 Suárez on Substantial Forms: a Heroic Last Stand?
Sydney Penner
3 Intrinsic Being or the Formal Structures of Thought? The Grounding of Possibility in Francisco Suárez’s Metaphysics
Matthew Z. Vale
4 En contra del esencialismo: ente real y existencia en Suárez
Ángel Poncela González

Part 2: Religion, Law, Society

5 Francisco Suárez: Religious Freedom and International Law
Robert Fastiggi
6 Francisco Suárez on Religion and Religious Pluralism
S.J. Aaron Pidel
7 Encarnación y subsistencia en las Disputaciones metafísicas de Francisco Suárez: algunas cuestiones en torno a los fundamentos de la modernidad
Julio Söchting Herrera
8 Settling Law: Francisco Suárez's Theory of Custom for Contemporary Contexts
Elisabeth Kincaid

Part 3: Political Theories

9 Francisco Suárez y la posibilidad de intervención pública en asuntos sociales
Luis-Carlos Amezúa Amezúa
10 Beyond Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: Finding Resources in Francisco Suárez’s Political Theology
Liam de los Reyes
11 Entrega del poder al gobernante y esclavitud voluntaria de la comunidad política en Francisco Suárez: una interpretación desde los límites fácticos al poder
Pablo Font Oporto
12 Francisco Suárez y la propaganda político-apocalíptica en la Inglaterra de Jacobo I: el libro V de la Defensio fidei; El Anticristo
Pilar Pena Búa
 13 Francisco Suárez: Absolutist or Constitutionalist?
Szilárd Tattay

Part 4: Psychology

14 El sí mismo desde Suárez y el valor moral de los hábitos
Giannina Burlando
15 Separated Soul and Its Nature: Francisco Suárez in the Scholastic Debate
Simone Guidi
16 Doctrinal Divergences on the Nature of Human Composite in Two Commentaries on Aristotle’s De anima (Anonymous, Cod. 2399 BGUC and Francisco Suárez): New Material on the Jesuit School of Coimbra and the Cursus Conimbricensis
Paula Oliveira e Silva and João Rebalde
17 Suárez, Maquiavelo y una moderna noción de prudencia: derivaciones políticas en la obra de Diego de Saavedra Fajardo
Nicolás Vivalda

Part 5: Legacy

18 Francisco Suárez and John Locke on Rights and Alienability: a Critical Conversation
Catherine Sims Kuiper
19 La imposible teología política: gobierno y justicia en Francisco Suárez
Lorenzo Rustighi
All interested in the history of early modern philosophy, law, and political thought in general and in the history of the Jesuit contributions in these fields in particular.
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