Charles de Montesquieu Further Reading

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(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Cabeen, David Clark. Montesquieu: A Bibliography. New York: New York Public Library, 1947. 87 p.

Annotated, critical bibliography covering the editions of Montesquieu's works as well as critical studies through 1947.


Baum, John Alan. “Montesquieu's Audience.” In Montesquieu and Social Theory. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1979. 191 p.

Studies Montesquieu's contributions to sociological thought.

Chicherin, Boris Nikolaevich. “Montesquieu.” In Liberty, Equality, and the Market: Essays by B. N. Chicherin, edited and translated by G. M. Hamburg, pp. 256-90. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998.

A critique of Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, praising its insight and moderation, but suggesting that Montesquieu overemphasizes individualism; originally published in 1872.

Conroy, Peter V. Montesquieu Revisited. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992. 160 p.

Overview of Montesquieu's corpus, taking into account increased scholarly interest in the wider body of his writings, particularly the Persian Letters.

Dargan, Edwin Preston. The Aesthetic Doctrine of Montesquieu: Its Application in his Writings. Baltimore: J. H. Furst, 1907. 203 p.

Surveys Montesquieu's view of the fine arts and his broad definition of the arts in general; asserts the importance of his notion of pleasure to his aesthetics.

Jones, Rhys. “Philosophical Time Travelers.” Antiquity 66 (1992): 744-57.

Analyzes the historiography of several figures of the Enlightenment, including Montesquieu, Rousseau, Turgot, and Adam Smith, and their influence on the fields of anthropology and archaeology.

Levin, Lawrence Meyer. The Political Doctrine of Montesquieu's Esprit Des Lois: Its Classical Background. New York: Institute of French Studies, 1936. 359 p.

Details classical sources for Spirit of the Laws, addressing themes ranging from forms of government to marriage, education, religion, and manners; focuses on schools of thought rather than authors.

Manent, Pierre. “Montesquieu and the Modern Experience,” Government and...

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