Persian Letters

Persian Letters

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Persian Letters by Montesquieu

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872204911
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Series: Hackett Classics Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

George R. Healy is Professor Emeritus of History, College of William and Mary.

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