Francisco de Vitoria

1483 - 1546

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Francisco de Vitoria (c. 1483 – 12 August 1546; also known as Francisco de Victoria) was a Spanish Roman Catholic philosopher, theologian, and jurist of Renaissance Spain. He is the founder of the tradition in philosophy known as the School of Salamanca, noted especially for his contributions to the theory of just war and international law. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francisco de Vitoria has received more than 261,363 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Francisco de Vitoria is the 359th most popular philosopher (up from 373rd in 2019), the 256th most popular biography from Spain (up from 278th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Spanish Philosopher.

Francisco de Vitoria is most famous for his theory of the just war. He believed that it was not just for a country to declare war on another country for any reason.

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Among philosophers, Francisco de Vitoria ranks 359 out of 1,089Before him are Richard Rorty, Antoine Arnauld, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Yi I, Wilhelm Windelband, and Timon of Phlius. After him are Masanobu Fukuoka, Antonio Negri, Maurice Halbwachs, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, H. L. A. Hart, and John of Salisbury.

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Among people born in 1483, Francisco de Vitoria ranks 5Before him are Martin Luther, Raphael, Babur, and Francesco Guicciardini. After him are Ayas Mehmed Pasha, Paolo Giovio, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Felice della Rovere, Gasparo Contarini, and Nicolaus von Amsdorf. Among people deceased in 1546, Francisco de Vitoria ranks 6Before him are Martin Luther, Hayreddin Barbarossa, Francisco de Orellana, Giulio Romano, and Meera. After him are Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Étienne Dolet, Petru Rareș, Isabella di Morra, and Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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Among people born in Spain, Francisco de Vitoria ranks 256 out of 2,595Before him are Juan Luis Vives (1492), Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1910), Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (1402), Sancho II of Castile and León (1036), Reccared I (510), and Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia (1908). After him are Benjamin of Tudela (1130), Eleanor of Navarre (1426), Felipe González (1942), Juan Pujol García (1912), Eduardo Chillida (1924), and Joseph of Anchieta (1534).


Among philosophers born in Spain, Francisco de Vitoria ranks 15Before him are Miguel de Unamuno (1864), Baltasar Gracián (1601), Abraham ibn Ezra (1089), Francisco Suárez (1548), Arnaldus de Villa Nova (1240), and Juan Luis Vives (1492). After him are Pompeia Plotina (65), Nachmanides (1194), George Santayana (1863), Francisco Ferrer (1859), Hasdai Crescas (1340), and Luis de Molina (1535).