Title The core of Francisco Suarez's doctrine about resistance and tyrannicide
External publication No
Means Pensamiento
Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 2
SJR Impact 0.14000
Area International
Publication date 01/09/2013
ISI 000329888200009
Abstract This article tries to resume the exposition of Francisco Suarez about the problem of the resistance to the tyrant and its interpretation in the scientific doctrine. Suarez distinguishes between two kinds of tyrants: the bad ruler and the usurper. The first only can be murdered in self-defense of proper life or community; the second can be murdered by any person member of the community, on several conditions. Suarez is criticized because the only limits he establishes to political power are resistance and tyrannicide. However, these mean a democratic control really and physically possible in the sociopolitical reality of his days.
Keywords Francisco Suarez; right of resistance; tyrannicide; democracy; tyranny; oath of allegiance; Pope's indirect power; civil disobedience
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