Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism: A Commentary on the Spirit of the Laws

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This first comprehensive commentary on The Spirit of the Laws uncovers and explicates the plan of Montesquieu's famous but baffling treatise. Pangle brings to light Montesquieu's rethinking of the philosophical groundwork of liberalism, showing how The Spirit of the Laws enlarges and enriches the liberal conception of natural right by means of a new appeal to History as the source of basic norms.

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Overview

This first comprehensive commentary on The Spirit of the Laws uncovers and explicates the plan of Montesquieu's famous but baffling treatise. Pangle brings to light Montesquieu's rethinking of the philosophical groundwork of liberalism, showing how The Spirit of the Laws enlarges and enriches the liberal conception of natural right by means of a new appeal to History as the source of basic norms.

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**** Paper reprint of a 1973 work cited in BCL3. Pangle political science, U. of Toronto brings to light Montesquieu's rethinking of the philosophical groundwork of liberalism as developed in The Spirit of the Laws. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226645452
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. Montesquieu's Style and Manner of Writing
3. Human Nature and Natural Law
4. Participatory Republicanism
5. Liberal Republicanism
6. The Obstacles to Freedom: Climate, Geography, and History
7. Commerce and the Charm of National Diversity
8. Religion
9. Natural Law and the Prudence of the Legislator
Notes
Index

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