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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Rights, Laws and Infallibility in Medieval Thought

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ISBN13: 9780860786481
ISBN: 086078648X
Published: March 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

Eighteen articles, falling into three main groups. Firstly work concerned with the origin and early development of the idea of natural rights, in which it is argued that the idea first grew into existence in the writing of the 12-century canonists.

Secondly, discussion covers aspects of medieval law and political thought including an overview of modern work on late medieval canon law. And finally, the history of papal infallibility is examined with special reference to the tradition of Franciscan ecclesiology and the contributions of John Peter Olivi and William of Ockham.

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Religion and rights - a medieval perspective; origins of natural rights language - texts and contexts (1150-1250); ius and metonymy in Rufinus; religious rights - an historical perspective; Aristotle and the American Indians - again, two critical discussions; public expediency and natural law - a 14th century discussion on the origins of government and property; canon law and church institutions in the late Middle Ages; ""Tria quippe distinguit iudicia"" - a note on Innocent III's decretal; two Anglo-Norman summae; hostiensis and collegiality; the idea of representation in the middle councils of the west; hierarchy, consent and the western tradition; Aristotle, Aquinas, and the ideal constitution; natural law and canon law in Ockham's ""Dialogus""; from Thomas of York to William of Ockham - the Franciscans and the papal ""Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum""; origins of papal infallibility; infallibility in morals - a response; John Peter Olivi and papal inerrancy - on a recent interpretation of Olivi's ecclesiology.