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|series:||Studi di Storia del cristianesimo e delle chiese cristiane|
Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda and the debate on the Conquest
ed. by Marco Geuna
The book reconstructs the moment perhaps the most significant of the sixteenth-century debates on the "Conquest of the New World", focusing attention on the figure of Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda. Refined humanist, translator of Aristotle, historian of the Spanish emperors, participated with Bartolomé de Las Casas to the comparison of the Junta of Valladolid. What is of great interest for the contemporary reader is the way, in his texts, justifications which use different conceptual paradigms intersect and reinforce each other. In his work, perhaps more important, the démocrates secundus, Sepúlveda proposed four theses in favor of the legitimacy of subjection of the peoples of the New World. The essays in this volume take up and deepen the single thesis Sepúlveda, inserting them into conceptual contexts in which were formed and reconstructing the dialogue that they entertained with the reflections of its most important stakeholders: from Francisco de Vitoria to Bartolomé de Las Casas, by Diego de Covarrubias to Domingo de Soto.