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CALL FOR PAPERS – The Concept of “Ius” in Thomas Aquinas

Dec 15

The Concept of Ius in Thomas Aquinas


Deadline: 15 December 2022

Language: English and Italian

Aims of the Conference

The Conference intends to explore the Thomistic concept of ius as it is presented in Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on ius and iustitia in the Secunda Secundae of the Summa Theologiae, that is, as the object of the virtue of justice and as the just thing itself (ipsa res iusta). This analysis takes into consideration the entirety of Aquinas’s account of lex from the Prima Secundae of the Summa Theologiae, as this account is interrelated with his understanding of lex as a ratio of ius (S. Th. II-II, q. 57, a. 1, ad 2). The Conference also aims to analyze the inherent connection between justice which has ius as its object—what might be called a juridical aspect of iustitia—and broader issues of the salvific and moral aspects of justice.

To complete this analysis, it is necessary to inquire into Aquinas’s historical and doctrinal sources, the relevant texts in which he elaborates his account of ius, justice, and lex, as well as the reception of his juridical thought down the centuries until the present day. To this end, the Conference will also reflect on contemporary assessments of the tension between the objective and subjective meanings of ius both in Aquinas’s thought and in the Thomistic tradition. In addition, the Thomistic foundations of the notion of ius and of the virtue of justice will be explored, together with research into the interconnectedness between justice, the concept of good, and practical reasonableness.

The Conference aims to show how the analysis of the Thomistic concept of ius, rather than being only of historical interest, may prove to be fruitful for present-day issues in legal theory, as well as for a dialogue with contemporary legal-philosophical conceptions of the juridical phenomenon, law, and rights. While recognizing the relevance of this fruitfulness for the life of law at all levels of research, the Conference highlights the particular relevance of the Thomistic vision of ius for the social teaching of the Catholic Church and for canon law.

Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross,
Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas,
and the Angelicum Thomistic Institute

The topics and lecturers of the Conference:

On Aquinas’s Concept of “Ius”

  1. The Concept of Ius in Aquinas: Analysis of Texts and Sources (Petar Popovic)
  2. The Eclipse of Aquinas’s Objective Meaning of Ius in the Thomistic Tradition from the Spanish Scholastics until Its Rediscovery in the First Half of the 20th Century (Jean-Pierre Schouppe)
  3. The Reception of Juridical Realism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Carlos José Errazuriz)
  4. Some Doctrinal Conclusions from the Debate on the Thomistic Concept of Ius between its Objective and Subjective Meanings (Villey, Tierney, Finnis, Brett, Tuck, Fortin, Hervada, et al.) (Thierry Sol) 
  5. Prospects for the Inclusion of the Thomistic Concept of Ius (Right/Law) in Contemporary Legal Philosophy (Jeffrey Pojanowski)

On “Ius” as the Object of the Virtue of Justice 

  1. The Analogies of Justice: Aquinas on Justice as a State, a Virtue and a Juridical Reality (Michael Sherwin, OP)
  2. The Interconnectedness between Justice, Law, and the Concept of Good: Thomistic Premises for the Concept of Ius as Juridical Good. (Dominic Legge, OP)
  3. The Conformity between Ius as the Object of Justice and the Virtue of Charity according to Aquinas (Sr. Catherine Joseph Droste, OP)

On Aquinas’s Concept of “Ius” in the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church and in Canon Law

  1. V. Bradley Lewis 
  2. Aquinas’s Concept of Ius and Canon Law  (Loïc-Marie Le Bot, OP)

Paper Requirements

Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present their paper and 10 minutes to take questions from the audience. Only papers that are directly related to the main topic of the conference will be taken into consideration. The final title and detailed summary of the paper (approximately 1,000 words) must be submitted for evaluation until 15 December, 2022. Paper submissions should be sent to [email protected] until this deadline. The authors will receive a response regarding the acceptance of their papers by 15 January, 2023.


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