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Soto, Domingo de (1494–1560)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-C039-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The sixteenth-century Spanish Dominican, Domingo de Soto, was a mainstay of the Thomistic revival begun at Salamanca by Vitoria. After study at Paris (where he was taught by the nominalist John Major) and Alcalá, Soto taught both philosophy and theology. He was influential within the Dominican Order and the Catholic Church; he served as Emperor Charles V’s theologian at the Council of Trent and played an active role in the development of the Council of Trent’s teaching on original sin. Besides his theological writings, Soto composed philosophical works chiefly in logic, natural philosophy and juridical theory. In logic, he authored an exposition of the Summulae of Peter of Spain and a commentary, by way of questions, on three of Aristotle’s works. His natural philosophy anticipated later scientific approaches, while in his philosophy of law Soto presented a basically Thomistic doctrine updated to confront sixteenth-century issues.

Citing this article:
Doyle, John P.. Soto, Domingo de (1494–1560), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-C039-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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