Classic Edition

For 25 years the Insti­tu­te for Theo­lo­gy and Peace has been explo­ring the peace ethics “clas­si­cal” aca­de­mics from Augus­ti­ne to Tho­mas Aqui­nas, from the ear­ly modern Domi­ni­can theo­lo­gi­an, Fran­cis­co de Vito­ria, to the Jesu­it Fran­cis­co Sua­rez up until the Popes of the 20th cen­tu­ry, like John Paul II. The renow­ned libra­ry of the peace ethics tra­di­ti­on has grown to inclu­de over 20 volu­mes of this clas­si­cal tea­ching. Cur­r­ent­ly, the wri­tings of Domi­ni­can theo­lo­gi­an, Dom­in­go de Soto (1494-1560), as well as the theological-philosophical deba­tes of Gre­gor the Gre­at up to Bern­hard von Clairvaux of the Ear­ly Midd­le Ages are being worked on.

In coope­ra­ti­on with, among others, Prof. Mat­thi­as Lutz-Bachmann, Uni­ver­si­ty of Frank­furt, the rele­vant trac­ta­tes “de lege” and “de ius­ti­tia” of the sum­ma com­men­ta­ry by Fran­cis­co de Vito­ria and rele­vant peace ethics texts by Fran­cis­co Sua­rez are being worked on and published by fromman-holzboog.


Currently, in this area of study, the following topic is being researched:

Francisco de Vitoria’s Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae

The scho­lastic theo­lo­gy of the 15th and 16th cen­tu­ries under the direc­tion of Tho­mas Aqui­nas’ Sum­ma theo­lo­giae, con­cer­ned its­elf with the new ethi­cal ques­ti­ons of that time: the foun­ding of sover­eign sta­tes, chan­ges in the eco­no­my through tra­de and craft­s­manship, voya­ges of dis­co­very and the con­fes­sio­nal schism in the uni­ver­sal church. Vitoria’s com­men­ta­ry on the Aqui­nas’ Sum­ma is avail­ab­le only in part and only in an unat­tainab­le Spa­nish trans­la­ti­on by V. Bel­trán de Her­e­dia OP (1932-1954). The rele­vant trac­ta­tes of the com­men­ta­ry by de Vito­ria are being published in German-Latin edi­ti­ons:

Fran­cis­co de Vito­ria, Trak­tat de ius­ti­tia (Com Sth II-II qq 57-88), Erstel­lung eines kri­ti­schen latei­ni­schen Tex­tes mit deut­scher Über­set­zung

Pro­ject Rese­ar­cher: Dr. Joa­chim Stü­ben