Montesquieu
 

Nouvelle traduction : Montesquieu, Discourses, Dissertations, and Dialogues on Politics, Science, and Religion

Cambridge University Press, 2020, trad. David W. Carrithers et Philip Stewart

Montesquieu, Discourses, Dissertations, and Dialogues on Politics, Science, and Religion

Cambridge University Press, 2020

Traductions de David W. Carrithers (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga) et Philip Stewart (Duke University, North Carolina)

A num­ber of Montesquieu’s les­ser-known dis­cour­ses, dis­ser­ta­tions and dia­lo­gues are made avai­la­ble to a wider audience, for the first time fully trans­la­ted and anno­ta­ted in English. The views they incor­po­rate on poli­tics, eco­no­mics, science, and reli­gion shed light on the ove­rall deve­lop­ment of his poli­ti­cal and moral thought. They ena­ble us bet­ter to unders­tand not just Montesquieu’s impor­tance as a poli­ti­cal phi­lo­so­pher stu­dying forms of govern­ment, but also his sta­ture as a moral phi­lo­so­pher, see­king to remind us of our duties while injec­ting dee­per moral concerns into poli­tics and inter­na­tio­nal rela­tions. They reveal that Montesquieu’s vision for the future was remar­ka­bly clear : more science and less super­sti­tion ; grea­ter unders­tan­ding of our moral duties ; enhan­ced concern for jus­tice, increa­sed empha­sis on moral prin­ci­ples in the conduct of domes­tic and inter­na­tio­nal poli­tics ; tole­ra­tion of conflic­ting reli­gious view­points ; com­merce over war, and liberty over des­po­tism as the pro­per goals for man­kind.

Introduction

A gene­ral note on the texts

I. The uses of science

II. The Romans

III. Reflections on natio­nal cha­rac­ter

IV. Politics and mora­lity

V. Statecraft

VI. Economics and fis­cal policy

VII. Defense of the Spirit of law

Bibliographical note

Index.

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