CFP: The Iberian Peace School: Natural Law and Human Dignity

Submission deadline: February 28, 2019

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Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia (Issn 0870-5283, eIssn 2183-461X; DOI 10.17990/rpf/1945)

Volume 75 (No. 2)

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Publication Published: July 2019

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This issue is dedicated to the dialogue with the professors of Iberian and Ibero-American universities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who, following the ethical and political questions posed by the opening of Europe to the world, began a philosophical movement that Central European modernity did not select, focused on the question about the right to the dominion of the peoples with whom Portugal and Spain confronted each other.

In this context, they left us the testimony of an uneasy conscience and erected a concept of natural law that encompassed both the rules of conduct prescribed by natural law and the lawful claims and inherent power of individuals and human communities, which we can understand as the foundation of natural human rights, with independent validity of cultural and geographic coordinates, thus assuming, as a guarantee of peace and coexistence among men, within the framework of jus communicationis.

In considering that imperial laws could not be contrary to natural provisions, that the sovereignty of the Prince was relative, that sovereignty and freedom were worth both the crown of feathers and gold, and that natural slavery was an unacceptable concept, they a decisive contribution to the concept of unity of the human race and to the affirmation of international legal personality, including human beings and Humanity as a whole.

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