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

Paperback | July 15, 1989

byThomas L. Pangle

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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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This first comprehensive commentary on The Spirit of the Laws uncovers and explicates the plan of Montesquieu's famous but baffling treatise.

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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 ...

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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.

Thomas L. Pangle is professor of political science and chairman of the American Studies Committee at the University of Toronto. Among his many works is The Spirit of Modern Republicanism, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.32 × 1 inPublished:July 15, 1989Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226645452

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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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This first comprehensive commentary on The Spirit of the Laws uncovers and explicates the plan of Montesquieu's famous but baffling treatise.