Francisco Suárez: De legibus ac Deo legislatore. Liber primus. Über die Gesetze und Gott den Gesetzgeber. Erstes Buch

De lege in communi eiusque natura, causis et effectibus. Über das Gesetz im Allgemeinen, seine Natur, seine Ursachen und Wirkungen.

Edited, introduced and translated into German Oliver Bach, Norbert Brieskorn and Gideon Stiening.
PPR I,12
XXXVIII, 487 p., 17,3 x 24,4 cm.
ISBN 978-3-7728-2848-5
Single price:
€ 248.–
eISBN 9783772832093
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Why do societies need laws? By what authority are they legitimized? In the first book of ›De legibus ac Deo legislatore‹ (1612), the summa of his theology of law, Francisco Suárez develops his concept of law in general (lex in commune/natura legis) as well as his general theory of legal validity and obligation. Moreover, he thereby asserts theology’s superior status over philosophy when it comes to questions of practical reason. Suárez manages a critical revision of the theories of law that have been presented by Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus and thus a specific mediation between intellectualism and voluntarism. The first volume of ›De legibus‹ – constitutive for the entire oeuvre – is a document of a genuinely original theology of law, whose reception and critique should be influencing the early modern development of political theory until the 18th century, and is made accessible with a complete German translation and an extensive introduction for the first time.


Ulrich Lehner, Theological Studies

»In Germany, Italy, Spain, and recently in the USA as well, Francisco Suárez is undergoing a remarkable renaissance. After decades of ignoring this brilliant early modern Jesuit, it is philosophers and jurists in particular who are rediscovering him. The German ethicist N. Brieskorn, SJ, has dedicated his life’s work to making Suárez’s groundbreaking works better known in his field, and this volume proves once more how right he was. [...] I can only hope that now theologians, and not just philosophers, will return to Suárez and see the great riches of his thought, and realize that much of the criticism of his work relies on polemics rather than an engaged reading of his texts.«

Ulrich Lehner,
Theological Studies
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