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Based 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 Details

ISBN: 9780872204904
ISBN-10: 0872204901
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 9mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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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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