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Justice And The Origins Of Private Property

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The discussion about dominium was loaded with juridical, theological and political implications. Luis de Molina's discussion demonstrates how well versed in Roman and civil law he was. This chapter focuses on his ideas about the foundations of private property, more than on all the different juridical nuances it can present. His wide-ranging discussion of the different kinds of dominium, shows that, in Molina's mind, private property is never an absolute right. There are many ways in which private property is moderated. The chapter also refers to problems pertaining to political power - dominium iurisdictionis - in so far as they illuminate Molina's ideas regarding private property. The respublica is for the common good, and this, in Molina's thought, is a not a source of absolutist rule, but rather a limit to the power of the ruler.

Keywords: dominium; Luis de Molina; private property; respublica

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