Working Paper: Cuena Boy on Contractus

We are happy to announce the publication of the latest instalment in our series "The School of Salamanca Working Papers" (ISSN 2509-5080):

Francisco Cuena Boy: Contractus et quasi-contractus (2018-01)

Abstract

Ideally located in the writer's position of the voice "contractus (& quasi contractus)" of the Dictionary, the author of this paper tries to discover the difficulties that his drafting could imply. The difficulties encountered come mainly from the chronology and the diversity of profiles between the members of the Salamanca School that deal with contracts, from the unusual historical and material extension of the elements they work with and from the need to understand their methods, their initial assumptions and the aims they pursue. At the end, some practical considerations are offered to the voice's drafting.

Keywords

Contract, Luis de Molina, Leonardo Lessius, Domingo de Soto, School of Salamanca

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Workshop: Francisco de Vitoria’s ‘Confessionario’, and Release of the Digital Edition of the ‘School of Salamanca’ Project

As a result of several years of working on the digital edition of texts of the School of Salamanca, and although the edition still is (and will remain) a 'work in progress', the School of Salamanca project will officially release its digital edition as an online portal for research on the texts of the School of Salamanca on 9 May 2018.

The release of the digital edition will take place within the scope of a workshop on the Confessionario Útil y Provechoso by Francisco de Vitoria, one of the texts in the central group of works of the digital edition, and a work that is already edited to the greatest extent following the project's extensive text preparation and annotation processes. The detailed program of the workshop will follow soon at this place.

Following the discussion of Vitoria's 'Confessionario', the project will present the web application of the digital edition by means of a small 'tech demo', during which the web application's functionalities shall be explained by taking the example of the previously discussed work.

Organization: The 'School of Salamanca' Project
Place: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Date & time: 9 May 2017, 14.00-18.00

Code Release and Open-Source Development of the ‘School of Salamanca’ Web Application

On 1 March 2018, we have released the code of the web application of the 'School of Salamanca' project's digital edition (https://salamanca.school) as free and open source software (under the MIT license) on GitHub: https://github.com/digicademy/svsal, where the development process and the versioning of our web application takes place exclusively from this date onward. The publication of our web application's code represents the first major code release of the project; other parts of our digital infrastructure and the research data will be published separately.

The web application, now having reached version 1.0, has been developed since 2014 and, more precisely, consists of an eXist-db application package. While this package can be downloaded and deployed in any eXist-db (version 3.6+) instance, it must be mentioned that, in order to function correctly, the web application draws upon the integration with further, external services: for example, an iiif-conformant image server (image and presentation APIs) allowing for the incorporation of facsimile images in the reading views of our works, or a SphinxSearch server providing lemmatized and cross-language search results for the texts. Notwithstanding these current caveats in portability of the application package, and although there still remains much to be achieved with regards to the functionality of our web application, the code underlying central features of the application (such as the endless-scrolling segmentation of texts in the reading view, the content negotiation-based URI-linking of texts and text segments, and others) is fully available now and can be utilized or serve as an example for similar projects, for instance. For a more extensive and detailed description of current features, caveats, and provisos of the application please refer to: https://github.com/digicademy/svsal.

The software is tagged with a DOI so that it can be cited: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1186521

Some Fundamental Concepts of the School of Salamanca’s Juridical-Political Language. Working Towards a Dictionary in the Salamanca Project

by Dr. Christiane Birr

In the next five months, we organize the Research Colloquium of the Max Planck Institute of European Legal History in Frankfurt a.M. Our monthly meetings will focus on pivotal topics of the juridical, political, and philosophical debates, approaching them from different disciplinary backgrounds and texts, asking for Salmantine characteristics and thus contributing to the priotarisation of concepts and topics in the future dictionary of the School of Salamanca’s juridical-political language.

Working languages of the colloquium will be English and Spanisch.

You can find our Program here: 2017-09-29-Program_Research_Colloquium

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at info.salamanca(at)adwmainz.de

The School of Salamanca: At the heart of the XIV International Congress of the SIEPM

  1. August 2017

The SIEPM (Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale) was founded in 1958, and every five years it holds a large conference for philosophers and other scholars to discuss medieval and early modern philosophy. This year’s XIV International Congress was the first to be held at a South American university, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande del Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The three organizers Dr. Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Prof. Dr. Alfredo Santiago Culleton and Dr. Alfredo Carlos Storck focused on Spanish and Portuguese second scholasticism as the vessel carrying European theology and philosophy into the Americas and invited the participants to address many topics that the Salamancan jurists and theologians treated intensively in their relectiones, commentaries and treatises.

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What’s in a URI? Part I: The School of Salamanca, the Semantic Web and Scholarly Referencing

Starting from experiences of the the philosophical and legal-historical project "The School of Salamanca. A digital collection of sources and a dictionary of its juridical-political language", this article discusses an experimental approach to the Semantic Web.1 It lists both affirmative reasons and skeptical doubts related to this field in general and to its relevance for the project in particular. While for us the general question has not been settled yet, we have decided early on to discuss it in terms of a concrete implementation, and hence the article will also describe preliminary goals and their implementation along with practical and technical issues that we have had to deal with.

In the process, we have encountered a few difficult questions that — as far as we could determine — involve (arguably) systematic tensions between key technologies and traditional scholarly customs. The most important one concerns referencing and citation. In the following, I will describe a referencing scheme that we have implemented. It attempts to combine a canonical citation scheme, some technologies known primarily from semantic web contexts and a permalink system. Besides the details of our particular technical approach and the very abstract considerations about risks and benefits of the semantic web, I will point out some considerable advantages of our approach that are worthwhile pursuing independently of a full-blown semantic web offering.

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