The Spirit of the Laws
By (author) Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Edited by Anne M. Cohler Harold Samuel Stone
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Montesquieu by Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Book DescriptionThe Spirit of the Laws is, without question, one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete, scholarly English-language edition since that of Thomas Nugent, published in 1750. This lucid translation renders Montesquieu's problematic text newly accessible to a fresh generation of students, helping them to understand quite why Montesquieu was such an important figure in the early enlightenment and why The Spirit of the Laws was, for example, such an influence upon those who framed the American constitution. Fully annotated, this edition focuses attention upon Montesquieu's use of sources and his text as a whole, rather than upon those opening passages towards which critical energies have traditionally been devoted, and a select bibliography and chronology are provided for those coming to Montesquieu's work for the first time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521369749
(216mm x 138mm x 50mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Spirit of Laws, Paperback (March 2002)
Talking about political philosophy, this book explores the essentials of good government; compares and contrasts despotism, monarchy, and democracy; and discusses the factors that lead to corruption of governments. It also considers many other topics such as education of the citizenry, crime and punishment, and abuse of power and of liberty.
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