Political Theory

The Science of the Legislator: The Pursuit of Liberty in Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws”


This conference focused attention on less-often studied portions of Montesquieu’s work that have a direct bearing on understanding his conception of liberty and his views on how legislation can be crafted to foster both political and civil liberty.


Conference Readings

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.