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Thomas Aquinas on War - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 149
War/Thomas/Höffe: Thomas pro Cicero: Cicero [introduces]
Höffe I 150
the idea of a just war, which Augustine incorporates into Christian thought and which Thomas Aquinas also acknowledges(1).
Just War/Thomas:
1. The war may not be run by private persons, but only on the basis of the authority of a "public" person, the prince (auctoritas principis).
2. There must be a just cause (causa iusta), namely, that the enemy deserves war because he does not punish the evil deeds of his citizens or does not restitute what he has wrongfully acquired.
3. (...) the war must be waged with the right intention (intentio recta), either to promote good, especially peace (on peace(2)) or to put the bad/evil in check (vel ut bonum promoveatur, vel ut malum videtur).


1. Summa IIa Ilae qu. 40
2. Ebenda qu. 29: De pace


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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