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Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat
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(baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu; Jan 18, 1689, La Brède – Feb 10, 1755, Paris), prominent political philosopher of the Enlightenment. The publication of his Lettres persanes (1721; ET: Persian Letters, 1722; many later eds.), a satirical epistolary novel criticizing conditions in France from a fictitious Persian perspective, rapidly brought Montesquieu fame as a witty proponent of the Enlightenment. His style is characterized by a sober historical perspective, as documented in his Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur decadence (…

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Zenkert, Georg, “Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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