The Peace Ethics of Domingo de Soto

Dom­in­go de Soto (1495-1560), a mem­ber of the School of Sala­man­ca and con­tem­pora­ry of Fran­cis­co de Vito­ria, can be con­si­de­red one of the signi­fi­cant mile­stones in the deve­lo­p­ment of peace ethics. He ack­now­led­ges the rea­li­ty of the eman­ci­pa­ting modern sta­tes of the 16th cen­tu­ry. Nevertheless, Dom­in­go de Soto seeks ways to limit the use of mili­ta­ry for­ce. To this end, he ties the actions of modern prin­ces to the law, to which they are moral­ly obli­ged to sub­mit them­sel­ves. Soto sees his task as a moral theo­lo­gi­an in sup­por­ting the prince in his actions with detail­ed legal rules.

Anni­ca Grimm’s theo­lo­gi­cal dis­ser­ta­ti­on on Dom­in­go de Soto’s peace ethics was accep­ted in sum­mer 2017 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Frei­burg i.Br. and publis­hed in the seri­es “Stu­di­en zur Friedensethik”.

Pro­ject Rese­ar­cher: Dr. Anni­ca Grimm