The Spirit of Laws: A Compendium of the First English Edition

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University of California Press, Dec 28, 1977 - Philosophy - 516 pages
Montesquieu's The Spirit of Laws is an enduring classic of social and political theory deserving a fresh reading every generation. The modern reader, however, is likely to find a work that ran to over a thousand pages in its two-volume first edition a bit overwhelming. Presented here, therefore, is the first English-language compendium of The Spirit of Laws, together with the first English translation of the posthumously published treatise containing the physiological theory underlying Montesquieu's theory of climate.
 

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Contents

The Life and Times of Montesquieu
3
The Methodology of The Spirit of Laws
18
Forms of Government
28
Conclusion
82
PREFACE
91
Of the Principles of the Three
116
That the Laws of Education Ought to
126
Consequences of the Principles of Different
152
In What Manner the Laws of Civil Slavery
257
How the Laws of Domestic Slavery Bear
266
How the Laws of Political Servitude Bear
275
Of Laws in Relation to the Principles
287
Part Four
299
Of Laws in Relation to Religion
320
Of Laws in Relation to the Establishment
339
Of Laws in Relation to the Order of Things
354

Consequences of the Different Principles
163
Of the Corruption of the Principles of
170
Part
181
Of Laws in the Relation They Bear
189
Of the Laws Which Establish Political
196
Of the Laws That Form Political Liberty
215
Of the Relation Which the Levying
229
Part Three
241
Of the Manner of Composing Laws
372
Editors Notes to The Spirit of Laws
379
An Essay on Causes Affecting Minds and Characters
415
Part
434
Materials
451
Appendices
467
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