The Spirit of the Laws

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University of California Press, 1977 - Philosophy - 516 pages
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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 Laws Directly Derived from
106
Of the Principles of the Three
116
That the Laws of Education Ought to
126
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 Principles of Different
152
Consequences of the Different Principles
163
Part
181
Offensive Force
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
415
Physical Causes Affecting Minds and Characters 417
434
Materials
451
Appendices
467
Explanatory Note Appended to the Edition
478
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