The Persian Letters
By (author) Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Volume editor George R. Healy
By (author) George R. Healy
Persian Letters by Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Book DescriptionBased on the 1758 edition, this translation strives for fidelity and retains Montesquieu's paragraphing. George R. Healy's Introduction discusses The Persian Letters as a kind of overture to the Enlightenment, a work of remarkable diversity designed more to explore a problem of great urgency for eighteenth century thought than to resolve it: that of discovering universals, or at least the pragmatic constants, amid the diversity of human culture and society, and of confronting the proposition that there are no values in human relationships except those imposed by force or agreed upon in self-interested conventions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780872204904
(215mm x 9mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Persian Letters, Paperback (April 2008)
Two Persian travellers arrive in Paris and report on the European society of the Enlightenment in their letters home. With biting satire they compare East and West, while unsettling news from the harem provides a suspenseful plot of jealousy and passion. This is the first English translation based on the original text.
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.
Selected Political Writings, Paperback (March 1990)» View all books by Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Presents the work of Montesquieu, the philosopher, social critic, political theorist, and literary stylist. This title is intended for the students of the Enlightenment and of modern constitutional thought.
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Author Biography - Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
George R. Healy is Professor Emeritus of History, College of William and Mary.
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