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The Ethics of Electoral Bribing: Francisco Suarez and Other Late Scholastics

The Ethics of Electoral Bribing: Francisco Suarez and Other Late Scholastics
73 Queens Park Crescent East, Northrop Frye Hall Room 205
Time: Oct 2nd, 3:30 pm End: Oct 2nd, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (FAS), History (FAS), Ethics, 1500-1800
CRRS Friday Workshop by Daniel Schwartz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies is pleased to present a Friday Workshop

Daniel Schwartz, Political Science & International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Ethics of Electoral Bribing: Francisco Suárez and Other Late Scholastics

Elections predate the advent of modern democracy. Unbeknownst to many scholars, late scholastic authors such as Francisco Suárez, carefully discussed the moral duties and rights of both candidates and voters. I focus on the question: when--if ever--is it morally permissible for the best electoral candidate to offer money to electors?

This was a pressing questions for the late scholastics because, on the one hand, they believed that electors have a moral duty to vbote for the best candidate, and consequently that the best candidate has a correlative right to be voted for. On the other hand, attempting to buy votes was deemed to display a demeaning attitude towards office by treating it as commensurate with temporal goods. I analyse the late scholastics' efforts to carve out some moral space so as to allow the best electoral candidate to vindicate his rights by using money without thereby incurring vote buying.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at (416) 585-4468.


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