History of Philosophy in Colonial Mexico by Beauchot, Mauricio OP

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The result is dynamic health, both for the individual, as his circumstances dictate, and for the group and its specific needs. 81 What has been referred to as Quiroga's 'socialism' or 'communism' is perhaps more accurately called a sense of community (comunitarismo) because it really consists of community work accompanied by a highly developed sense of social consciousness: "Quiroga looked for the creation of a better society. " Ibid. 80. Zavala, Utopia de TomdsMoro. 81. "En los 'hospitales-pueblo' se imparte salud.

According to Miranda, Quiroga believed that community could m a k e use of the land and that this land could n o t be sold to those w h o did n o t live within the community, Quiroga added rules for t h e use of garden plots. Garden plots could only be cultivated by those w h o h a d duly received them. The aim of this system was to ensure that the inhabitants [t]he institution of the hospital had the Virgin Mary's (Nana Wari Yurishu) cult as its justification, and the whole community was organized around this cult; it was a brotherhood in which all participated; it was the most important source of social aid, taking care of the ill, providing burial for the dead, shelter for the pilgrims, and help to the needy (orphans, widows, and poor people).

436-37. Cf. Poole, InDefense, pp. 11-53. 17. i o indignos de gobcrnarse a si mismos. IS, Apologia, p. 1 14. Poole, In Defense, p. 42. 32 H i s t o r y of P h i l o s o p h y i n C o l o n i a l M e x i c o Sixteenth Century: Humanists 33 the Indians could n o t be blamed for being unfamiliar with Christianity. oiher" 41 Las Casas focuses o n the social aspects of justice, t h a t is, on distribu- Therefore, they should be brought into the faith without violence and with (ive and legal or general justice because commutative justice only considers love.

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