Projections of Spanish Jesuit Scholasticism on British Thought

New Horizons in Politics, Law and Rights


Spanish Jesuits such as Francisco Suárez (1548–1617), José de Acosta (1540–1600), Pedro de Ribadeneira (1526-1611) and Juan de Mariana (1536-1624) had a powerful impact on English thinkers of the magnitude of John Locke (1632–1704), Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Robert Persons (1546-1610), Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), and, later, William Robertson (1721–1793), Thomas de Quincey (1785–1859) and Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953). An influence that was sometimes hidden and always controversial.
This work highlights the importance of this influence regarding thought on politics, law and natural rights. A constitutionalist understanding of political power, the recognition and promotion of innate rights and the necessary subjection of rulers to the law, all form part of the important legacy of these scholastic doctors for European intellectual heritage.

Contributors to this volume: Rafael Alé Ruiz, Francisco T. Baciero Ruiz, Francisco Castilla Urbano, José Luis Cendejas Bueno, Alfonso Díaz Vera, Francisco Javier Gómez Díez, Cecilia Font de Villanueva, León M. Gómez Rivas, Fermín del Pino Díaz, Leopoldo J. Prieto López, Daniel Schwartz, Lorena Velasco Guerrero, and María Idoya Zorroza Huarte.

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Leopoldo J. Prieto López, PhD (Philosophy, 1999, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, with university degrees in Law and Theology), is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. His main research interests are the history of modern philosophy and the history and philosophy of science.

José Luis Cendejas Bueno, PhD (Economics, 2001, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), is lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. He has published on the economic thought of Spanish Scholasticism and its influence on later European thought.
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Introduction: Projections of Spanish Jesuit Scholasticism on British Thought: New Horizons in Politics, Law, and Rights
Leopoldo José Prieto López and José Luis Cendejas Bueno

1 Francisco Suárez and the Whig Political Tradition: The Case of Algernon Sidney
Leopoldo José Prieto López

2 Subjective Rights, Political Community, and Property in Francisco Suárez’s and John Locke’s Theories of the State of Nature
José Luis Cendejas Bueno

3 Traces of the Jesuit José de Acosta in the Scottish Enlightenment Thinker William Robertson
Fermín del Pino-Díaz

4 Natural History: From José de Acosta’s Model to Francis Bacon’s Proposals
Francisco Castilla Urbano

5 Understanding Thomas De Quincey’s Kantian Defense of Casuistry
Daniel Schwartz

6 Francisco Suárez and John Locke: Notes on the Diffusion of Suarezian Thought in Seventeenth-Century England
Francisco T. Baciero Ruiz

7 Tyranny and the Usurpation of Spiritual Power: Pedro de Ribadeneyra, Francisco Suárez, and Robert Persons
Francisco Javier Gómez Díez

8 Francisco Suárez and the “Distributist Movement”: From Jesuit Political Philosophy to Post-Scholastic Economics
Alfonso Díaz Vera

9 Ethics, Money, and Finance in the Late Scholastics: Francisco Suárez on Taxation
León M. Gómez Rivas

10 The Binding Nature of Civil Norms on Foreigners in the Treatise De legibus ac Deo legislatore by Francisco Suárez
Lorena Velasco Guerrero

11 Monetary Alterations in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in Castile and England: Juan de Mariana and John Locke
Cecilia Font de Villanueva

12 On John Locke, Francisco Suárez, and a Revision of Property in the Enterprise Model
Rafael Alé-Ruiz and Mª. Idoya Zorroza

Leopoldo José Prieto López and José Luis Cendejas Bueno

Specialists and post-graduate students interested in the political, legal and economic thought of Spanish Jesuit thinkers and their influence on the English thought on the same topics. Keywords: Francisco Suárez, José de Acosta, Pedro de Ribadeneira, Juan de Mariana, John Locke, Francis Bacon, Robert Persons, Algernon Sidney, William Robertson, Thomas de Quincey, Hilaire Belloc, political compact, natural rights, Spanish Jesuits, Glorious Revolution.
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