The late scholastics, writing in the Baroque and Early Modern
periods, discussed a wide variety of moral questions relating to
political life in times of both peace and war. Is it ever
permissible to bribe voters? Can tax evasion be morally justified?
What are the moral duties of artists? Is it acceptable to fight in
a war one believes to be unjust? May we surrender innocents to the
enemy if it is necessary to save the state? These questions are no
less relevant for philosophers and politicians today than they were
for late scholastic thinkers. By bringing into play the opinions
and arguments of numerous authors, many of them little known or
entirely forgotten, this book is the first to provide an in-depth
treatment of the dynamic and controversial nature of late
scholastic applied moral thinking which demonstrates its richness
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