Working Paper: Duve on Global Knowledge Production

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

Thomas Duve: La Escuela de Salamanca: ¿un caso de producción global de conocimiento? (2018-02)

Abstract

For a long time, the School of Salamanca has been regarded as a Spanish, Iberian, or European phenomenon. Again and again it’s projection from Salamanca into the world, to America and Asia, has been stressed. But is this perspective really appropriate for an analysis of the indisputably important role the School played in the development of a juridical-political language? Are we not rather confronted with a case of global knowledge production which is better understood with the methods of History of Knowledge than with those of the History of Science? These questions seem even more pertinent considering that the School of Salamanca was not only a group of learned discussions, but also a community of pragmatic norm production. This working paper offers a few thoughts about these questions which are meant to serve as a basis for discussion at a conference dedicated to this topic in October 2018 and also as a preparation for the chapters of a book on the School of Salamanca as a phenomen of global knowledge production.

Keywords

Global History, History of Knowledge, School of Salamanca

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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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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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(Deutsch) CfP: Forum RG RECHTSGESCHICHTE – LEGAL HISTORY 24 (2016)

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Wir laden sehr herzlich ein zur Einreichung von Beiträgen zu einem Diskussionsforum der Zeitschrift RG RECHTSGESCHICHTE – LEGAL HISTORY mit dem Titel “Die geisteswissenschaftliche Perspektive: Welche Forschungsergebnisse lassen Digital Humanities erwarten?/With the Eyes of a Humanities Scholar: What Results Can We Expect from Digital Humanities?” Dieses Diskussionsforum wird durch das Projekt für die Zeitschrift RG RECHTSGESCHICHTE – LEGAL HISTORY organisiert.

Die Beiträge sollen dezidiert die geisteswissenschaftliche Perspektive einnehmen und die bereits gemachten Erfahrungen in der forschungspraktischen Arbeit mit dem Instrumentarium der DH thematisieren. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Interaktion zwischen geisteswissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisinteressen und digitalen Tools: Wie verändern digitale Möglichkeiten Forschungsinteresse und Methode? Continue reading “(Deutsch) CfP: Forum RG RECHTSGESCHICHTE – LEGAL HISTORY 24 (2016)”