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Unpublished Paper
Why baroque scholastics laid the foundations for legal thought before the Enlightenment
ITAM-ILACDE Working Papers (2007)
  • Juan Javier del Granado
Abstract
The Enlightenment’s legacy enriches thought at the same time that it impoverishes thought. We tend to think of causality on the "billiard ball" model -- one particle banging into another. In earlier Aristotelian thought, causality was usually thought of as something brought about by beings with intellect and will. Aristotelian thought modeled the physical world in anthropomorphic terms. When the Enlightenment philosophers broke away from Aristotelian notions of causality, thinkers turned around and applied the new mechanistic causality to the mind. Thus, the Enlightenment’s legacy enriches physics and impoverishes psychology, and with it, sciences steeped in rational choice, such as law.
Disciplines
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
Juan Javier del Granado. "Why baroque scholastics laid the foundations for legal thought before the Enlightenment" ITAM-ILACDE Working Papers (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/juan_javier_del_granado/26/