Montesquieu"s Vision of Uncertainty and Modernity in Political Philosophy (Studies in Social and Political Theory, 21) by Christopher Sparks

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Study of Enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu's theories of politics and uncertainty from a postmodernist perspective.

In the light of Montesquieu's thought, Sparks (politics, U. of North London, England) examines the issue of the constant uncertainties of political life as against modern people's need for certainty in political action to secure and improve their by: 4.

Get this from a library. Montesquieu's vision of uncertainty and modernity in political philosophy. [Christopher Sparks]. Montesquieu, Law and Freedom: Montesquieu wants to capture the “spirit of the law” and submit them to a scientific quieu distinguishes the various positive laws and the universal law of which the first are only special cases: the law (positive) means a rule established to ensure the security and freedom, rule appears as an extended specification, as an expression of human.

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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.

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, was a well-known French philosopher in the early s. Baron de Montesquieu wasn't directly involved in the development of the United States Constitution, but his views on government were integral in providing the framework for the separation of powers.

Baron Montesquieu’s ideas were particularly important for shaping America's understanding of liberty, property, voluntary arrangements, and the role of government.

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His biggest and most influential book is The Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu was part of the French Enlightenment movement, contributing to the Encyclopaedia which was the collaborative achievement of the thinkers of French Enlightenment.

Montesquieu used a vision of universal laws of nature as the basis for laws of history. Modern political philosophy, in effect, with its social contract, arrives at nothing more than the democratization and depreciation of the ancient norm.

Montesquieu, by contrast, sought to dispense with this dichotomy by means of a doctrine of republicanism, issuing from the doctrine concerning the natural laws such as he sets forth in the.

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2 ‘Finishing’ may be over-optimistic, especially in modern times. Montesquieu is in some ways the worst enemy of his own ideas. Plamenatz has observed truly, ‘The Spirit of the Laws is a long book, but not nearly as long as it seems. No book so well written, and with so much that is excellent in it, was ever so liable to weary the reader’ — and, it should be added, so liable to.

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Montesquieu wrote the book, "Separation of Powers" where he discusses the facts that no government or person should have complete power.

Basically he was saying that there should be no kings or queens, and especially no absolute monarchy. This was because he thought absolute rulers could get over-excited and become bad rulers. Sparks, C. Montesquieu's vision of uncertainty and modernity in political philosophy. Lewiston NY: E. Mellen Press.

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Pangle brilliantly argues that the inherently theological project of Enlightenment liberalism is made Reviews: 1. The essential political writings of Montesquieu--a substantial abridgment of The Spirit of the Laws, plus judicious selections from The Persian Letters and Considerations of the Romans' Greatness and Decline--are masterfully translated by Melvin Richter.

Prefaced by a new fifty-page introduction by Richter for this revised edition, The Selected Political Writings displays the genius and. Montesquieu’s Political Scott Bibby. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, Part of Palgrave’s Recovering Political Philosophy series, Andrew Scott Bibby’s Montesquieu’s Political Economy presents the French philosopher as a liberal who defends private property, liberty, and religion rather than as a defender of monarchial privilege.

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This spiritual uncertainty lead Descartes to attempt constructing “a bastion of reason against the terrifying God of nominalism, a bastion that could provide not only individual certainty and security, and not only mitigate or eliminate the incommodities of nature, but also bring an end to the religious and political strife that were tearing.

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The product of immense erudition, Montesquieu's treatise has captured since its first printing () the imagination of an impressive array of intellectuals including Rousseau, Voltaire, Beccaria, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, Herder, Siey_s, Manufacturer: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

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