Luis de Molina's De Iustitia et Iure

Justice as Virtue in an Economic Context


Luis de Molina (1535-1600) was the first scholastic doctor to legitimize the practice of money lending as a career. His De Iustitia et Iure offers a thorough description of trade practices of the vibrant economies of Portugal and Spain in the Sixteenth Century. This detailed analysis allows him to provide a moral assessment of these practices. His treatise is a capital example of how a deep commitment to received tradition and to contemporary economic issues can advance economic science and perfect moral theology through a better understanding of reality. This book shows how threads of field research, economic reflection, natural law tradition, casuistry and the quest for justice may weave together to form a major work of Catholic moral theology.

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Diego Alonso-Lasheras, S.J., S.T.D. (2007), Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, is Professor of Moral Theology and Social Ethics in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
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“Molina will always be famous for his innovative musings on the relationship between grace and freedom, but as Alonso-Lasheras reveals, he had some interesting things to say about economis. […] This book provides a useful summary of the medieval theoretical hinterland and explores Molina’s thought at both the general and specific levels.”
Jonathan Wright, Hartlepool. In: Religious Studies Review, Vol. 38, No. 4 (December 2012), p. 247.
All those interested in the history of moral theology, the history of economic thought, and also those reflecting on the relationship between economics and ethics, market morality and justice.
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