The political theory of Montesquieu

[selected and translated by] Melvin Richter

This volume makes available in an English translation the most significant part of Montesquieu's political, social and legal theory. About two-thirds of the volume has been translated from the Spirit of the Laws, not redone in English since the eighteenth century. That version was notoriously inadequate: Montesquieu's key terms were not rendered consistently; often his meaning was distorted by giving the nearest English eighteenth-century legal or institutional equivalent. Finally, English usage has changed so much that the eighteenth-century translation makes Montesquieu seem both quaint and obscure. This volume also includes substantial selections from the Persian Letters and the Considerations on the Causes of the Romans; Greatness and Decline. Although adequate translations of these works exist, it seemed advisable to maintain intellectual and stylistic consistency by providing English versions on the same principles as the Spirit of the Laws.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Selections from the Persian Letters
  • 2. Selections from Considerations on the Causes of the Romans
  • Greatness and Decline
  • 3. Selections from the Spirit of the Laws
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index.

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書名 The political theory of Montesquieu
著作者等 Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat
Richter, Melvin
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1977
ページ数 xi, 355 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521290619
NCID BA00704299
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言語 英語
原文言語 フランス語
出版国 イギリス