PD Dr. Christiane U. Birr
Christiane U. Birr
Affiliate Researcher - Goethe University Frankfurt

Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 161
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169
Dr. José Luis Egío García
José Luis Egío García
Affiliate Researcher - Goethe University Frankfurt

Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 193
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169


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Colloquium: The Emergence of Scholastic Probabilism in a Global Perspective

  • Date: Sep 11, 2019
  • Time: 14:30 - 16:00
  • Speaker: José Luis Egío (Project The School of Salamanca –MPIeR, Goethe University Frankfurt, AdW Mainz)
  • Organisation: Christiane U. Birr, José Luis Egío García
  • Location: MPIeR
  • Room: Z 01

The history of probabilism has been the subject of important recent publications on scholastic legal and theological thought (Tutino, OUP, 2018; Schüßler, Brill, 2019). Nevertheless, the contribution of the specific historical context and global dimension of the early modern period’s enormous political, religious and economic changes to the emergence of probabilism has usually been underestimated and has received little attention. However, by exploring the missionary and mercantile fields and the writings of members of the School of Salamanca such as Francisco de Vitoria, Tomás de Mercado and Alonso de la Vera Cruz, José Luis Egío will show how the increasing use of probable argumentation was one of the many strategies employed by jurists and theologians to accommodate or translate the normative framework of European theology and canon law to new and unforeseen contexts and to try to answer new dubia.

The colloquium will be held in English.

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