Chapter Three: The War of the Philosophers

Luis Cortest

in The Disfigured Face

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228539
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235681 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Chapter Three: The War of the Philosophers

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This chapter examines the debate over the moral questions of Thomistic ontological morality. The first great philosophical dispute concerning the humanity of non-Western peoples took place in Spain. Among the most influential contributors are Charles Lohr, who has devoted many years to an examination of those writers who in the period between 1500 and 1700 produced commentaries on Aristotle; Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, the most celebrated Spanish Aristotelian commentator of the sixteenth century; Domingo de Soto, author of one of the most important Spanish works on legal theory, De iustitia et iure; Bartolomé de Las Casas, the “Apostle of the Indians”, one of the most recognized names in the intellectual history of colonial Spanish America; Francisco de Vitoria, the father of the School of Salamanca; and Francisco Suárez, the celebrated author of Disputationes metaphysicae.

Keywords: Spain; Thomism; Aristotle; Charles Lohr; humanity; Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda; Domingo de Soto; Bartolomé de Las Casas; Francisco de Vitoria; Francisco Suárez

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Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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