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The Political Morality of the Late Scholastics: Civic Life, War and Conscience

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2020.02.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Schwartz, The Political Morality of the Late Scholastics: Civic Life, War and Conscience, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 234pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108492454. Reviewed by Sydney Penner, Asbury University Sometimes texts from a different time can seem foreign. Imagine you are being tortured on the rack. You are suspected of having used bribes to gain advantages for your business, and so now you are being tortured in order to elicit a confession from you. What moral questions might we ask of this situation? Here is one obvious one: is using torture to elicit confessions an acceptable practice? Thomas Cajetan (1469-1534), however, pursues a different question: is it morally permissible to confess in order to prevent or stop torture? Though a standard one for late scholastics, the question itself is likely startling enough to a twenty-first century reader. But Cajetan's answer -- not standard, it should be noted -- is even more astonishing.... Read More

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