Knowledge of the Pragmatici

Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America

Thomas Duve, Otto Danwerth (eds.)
Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds 1

Leiden: Brill 2020. XIV, 382 pp.

ISSN 2590-3292
ISBN (Hardback): 978-90-04-42162-2
ISBN (e-book): 978-90-04-42573-6

DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004425736

Knowledge of the Pragmatici sheds new light on pragmatic normative literature (mainly from the religious sphere), a genre crucial for the formation of normative orders in early modern Ibero-America. Long underrated by legal historical scholarship, these media – manuals for confessors, catechisms, and moral theological literature – selected and localised normative knowledge for the colonial worlds and thus shaped the language of normativity.

The eleven chapters of this book explore the circulation and the uses of pragmatic normative texts in the Iberian peninsula, in New Spain, Peru, New Granada and Brazil. The book reveals the functions and intellectual achievements of pragmatic literature, which condensed normative knowledge, drawing on medieval scholarly practices of ‘epitomisation’, and links the genre with early modern legal culture.

Contributors are: Manuela Bragagnolo, Agustín Casagrande, Otto Danwerth, Thomas Duve, José Luis Egío, Renzo Honores, Gustavo César Machado Cabral, Pilar Mejía, Christoph H. F. Meyer, Osvaldo Moutin, and David Rex Galindo.

Contents

Front Matter

  • Copyright
  • Preface
  • Notes on Contributors

1–39

1.
Duve, T.: Pragmatic Normative Literature and the Production of Normative Knowledge in the Early Modern Iberian Empires (16th–17th Centuries). In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 1 - 39 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

40–88

2.
Meyer, C. H. F.: Putting Roman and Canon Law in a Nutshell: Developments in the Epitomisation of Legal Texts between Late Antiquity and the Early Modern Period. In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 40 - 88 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

89–130

3.
Danwerth, O.: The Circulation of Pragmatic Normative Literature in Spanish America (16th–17th Centuries). In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 89 - 130 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

131–150

4.
Honores, R.:
"Presence and Use of Pragmatic Legal Literature in Habsburg Peru (16th–17th Centuries)",
In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, pp. 131 - 150 (Eds. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

151–186

5.
Machado Cabral,  G. C.:
Jesuit Pragmatic Literature and Ecclesiastical Normativity in Portuguese America (16th–18th Centuries)
In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, pp. 151 - 186 (Eds. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

187–242

6.
Bragagnolo, M.: Managing Legal Knowledge in Early Modern Times: Martín de Azpilcueta’s Manual for Confessors and the Phenomenon of Epitomisation. In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 187 - 242 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

243–281

7.
Egío Garcia, J. L.: Pragmatic or Heretic? Editing Catechisms in Mexico in the Age of Discoveries and Reformation (1539–1547). In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 243 - 281 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

282–295

8.
Moutin, O. R.: Producing Pragmatic Literature in the Third Mexican Provincial Council (1585). In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 282 - 295 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

296–327

9.
Rex Galindo, D.:
Shaping Colonial Behaviours: Franciscan Missionary Literature and the Implementation of Religious Normative Knowledge in Colonial Mexico (1530s–1640s)
In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, pp. 296 - 327 (Eds. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

328–349

10.
Mejía Quiroga, M. d. P.: “Just Rules” for a “Religiosity of Simple People”: Devotional Literature and Inquisitorial Trials in Cartagena de Indias (17th–18th Centuries). In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, S. 328 - 349 (Hg. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

350–378

11.
Casagrande, A.:
Forensic Practices and the “History of Justice” in the 17th and 18th Centuries: a View from a Spanish American Periphery
In: Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America, pp. 350 - 378 (Eds. Danwerth, O.; Duve, T.). Brill Nijhoff, Leiden; Boston (2020)

Back Matter

Index

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