• José Corti : un être rare, inconnu ou presque du grand public. Mais un modèle : l'éditeur qui n'a jamais publié ce qu'il n'aimait pas. Et il n'aimait que l'écriture la plus haute, la création la plus aiguë, la littérature la plus noble (Gérard Guillot, Le Figaro). Quand on écrira l'histoire de José Corti qui, à sa manière si différente de celle de Gaston Gallimard, de Bernard Grasset, de Robert Gallimard ou de Robert Denoël, restera dans la littérature, on notera sans doute ce délicieux anachronisme d'un grand raffiné qui a voulu maintenir sa passion des livres hors des circuits dévastateurs de l'argent-roi (Jean-Marie Rouant, Le Quotidien). Toute la démarche de José Corti est une célébration de la lecture. Il la servit par les poèmes et les récits sur lesquels il apposa son label " Rien de commun il la servit par des textes d'analyses qui sont de véritables sésames des grandes oeuvres. Hostile non seulement à tout ce que Gracq avait dénoncé dans son pamphlet La Littérature à l'estomac, mais à toutes les techniques de mercantilisation et de vulgarisation du livre, il apparaissait, dans le milieu éditorial parisien, comme une sorte de dernier des Mohicans (Jacques de Decker, Le Soir).

  • This book is based on an international project conducted by the Institute for European Studies of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and a seminar on Vitoria and International Law which took place on July 2nd 2015 in the convent of San Esteban, the place where Vitoria spent his most productive years as Chair of Theology at the University of Salamanca.  It argues that Vitoria not only lived at a time bridging the Middle Ages and Modernity, but also that his thoughts went beyond the times he lived in, giving us inspiration for meeting current challenges that could also be described as "modern" or even post-modern.There has been renewed interest in Francisco de Vitoria in the last few years, and he is now at the centre of a debate on such central international topics as political modernity, colonialism, the discovery of the "Other" and the legitimation of military interventions. All these subjects include Vitoria's contributions to the formation of the idea of modernity and modern international law.The book explores two concepts of modernity: one referring to the post-medieval ages and the other to our times. It discusses the connections between the challenges that the New World posed for XVIth century thinkers and those that we are currently facing, for example those related to the cyberworld. It also addresses the idea of international law and the legitimation of the use of force, two concepts that are at the core of Vitoria's texts, in the context of "modern" problems related to a multipolar world and the war against terrorism. This is not a historical book on Vitoria, but a very current one that argues the value of Vitoria's reflections for contemporary issues of international law.

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