Selections from Three Works
The bulk of the selections in this volume are from A Treatise on Laws and God the Lawgiver (1612), “one of the major works of scholastic moral and legal theory,” writes volume editor Thomas Pink. In the Treatise, working within the framework originally elaborated by Thomas Aquinas, Suárez presented a systematic account of human moral activity in all its dimensions, synthesizing the entire scholastic heritage of thinking on this topic and identifying the key issues of debate and the key authors who had formulated the different positions most incisively. Then he went beyond this heritage of authorities to present a new account of human moral action and its relationship to the law.
The second selection is from A Defence of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith (1613), a treatise on the errors of Anglicanism and, in particular, on the errors of King James I in relation to the power of the king in temporal matters and the power of the pope to intervene in the cause of religion. The selections in the final section, A Work on the Three Theological Virtues (1621), are taken from Suárez’s accounts of faith and love, and they concern the conversion of unbelievers and the conditions of a just war.
The translations in this volume were originally published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Now republished with a new introduction, revisions to some of the existing notes, and additional notes, these selections are again available in English for those interested in the ethical and metaphysical foundations of political authority and the right to liberty. The texts are of special interest to historians of religious liberty, toleration, and coercion as a classic account of the coercive authority in matters of faith and religious practice of the Catholic church.
Selections from Three Works: A Treatise on Laws and God the Lawgiver; A Defence of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith; A Work on the Three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity. Edited and with an Introduction by Thomas Pink (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2015).
The copyright to this edition, in both print and electronic forms, is held by Liberty Fund, Inc.
Table of Contents
- NOTE ON TRANSLATION (from the Carnegie edition)
- NOTE ON THIS EDITION
- CONTENTS (from the Carnegie Edition)
- Selections from Three Works
- A TREATISE ON LAWS AND GOD THE LAWGIVER
- Dedication TO THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS AND MOST REVEREND LORD, D. AFONSO FURTADO À MENDOÇA, BISHOP OF EJEA DE LOS CAVALEIROS, ETC.
- PREFACE Setting Forth the Subject and Plan of the Whole Work
- BOOK I: Concerning Law in General; and Concerning Its Nature, Causes and Effects
- BOOK II: On the Eternal Law, the Natural Law, and the Ius Gentium
- BOOK III: On Positive Human Law as Such, and as It May Be Viewed in Pure Human Nature, a Phase of Law Which Is Also Called Civil
- BOOK VI: On the Interpretation, Cessation and Change of Human Laws
- BOOK VII: Of Unwritten Law Which Is Called Custom
- A DEFENCE OF THE CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC FAITH
- Dedication For Their Most Serene Majesties
- BOOK III: Concerning the Supremacy and Power of the Pope over Temporal Kings
- BOOK VI: Concerning the Oath of Allegiance Exacted by the King of England
- A WORK ON THE THREE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES: FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY
- On Faith
- On Charity
- SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING