In what constitutes the only English-language collection of essays ever dedicated to the analysis of Montesquieu's contributions to political science, the contributors review some of the most vexing controversies that have arisen in the interpretation of Montesquieu's thought. By paying careful attention to the historical, political, and philosophical contexts of Montesquieu's ideas, the contributors provide fresh readings of The Spirit of Laws, clarify the goals and ambitions of its author, and point out the pertinence of his thinking to the problems of our world today.
David W. Carrithers is professor of government at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Michael A. Mosher is professor of political science at the University of Tulsa. Paul A. Rahe is professor of history at the University of Tulsa.
Chapter 1 Introduction: An Appreciation of The Spirit of Laws Chapter 2 Montesquieu and Natural Law Chapter 3 Forms of Government: Structure, Principle, Object, and Aim Chapter 4 Democratic and Aristocratic Republics: Ancient and Modern Chapter 5 Monarchy's Paradox: Honor in the Face of Sovereign Power Chapter 6 Despotism in The Spirit of Laws Chapter 7 Montesquieu and English Liberty Chapter 8 Montesquieu and the Liberal Philosophy of Jurisprudence Chapter 9 Montesquieu on Religion and on the Question of Tolerance Chapter 10 Montequieu on Economics and Commerce Chapter 11 Montesquieu and the History of Laws