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Learning to confess: The Inquisition in the age of reforms


2002 2002

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While the English-speaking world explored the possibilities of liberalism, their Catholic neighbors to the South continued to develop the political and social theories developed by St. Thomas Aquinas. The principles and values of Thomism continued to inform the organizing of empires and the distribution of justice. This work focuses on the early modern reforms of Thomism, particularly the Jesuit influence, and how those reforms were practiced within the Spanish Inquisition.

Relying on philosophical texts of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as well as inquisitorial archival materials, this work considers both the confessional relationship and the process of reconciliation within a Thomistic framework. Rather than a juggernaut of death, as the Black Legend would suggest, or a vehicle of discipline, as Foucault argued, the handbooks used within the Holy Office suggest a commitment to the corporate and corporeal principles of St. Thomas Aquinas. While not an apology for the Inquisition, this research suggests that the Holy Office may offer a valuable alternative to liberal jurisprudence, particularly in cases when social connections are more pertinent than individual rights.

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Subject
Political science;
Religion;
European history
Classification
0615: Political science
0318: Religion
0335: European history
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Francisco Suarez; Natural law; Saint Thomas Aquinas; Salamanco School; Spanish Inquisition; Suarez, Francisco; Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Title
Learning to confess: The Inquisition in the age of reforms
Author
Mott, Margaret Ishbel
Number of pages
168
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 63/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0493526013, 9780493526010
Advisor
Xenos, Nicholas
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3039380
ProQuest document ID
251721872
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/251721872
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