Montesquieu’s Vision of Uncertainty and Modernity in Political Philosophy

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The text considers Montesquieu as a thinker within a broad historical, social and philosophical context. As such the text is both about Montesquieu and uses Montesquieu to consider a range of broader issues. In particular the text focuses on questions of philosophical certainty and uncertainty and relates Montesquieu's work to historical, literary and social changes. This approach not only provides a wide ranging and multifaceted analysis of Montesquieu but also provides his work with a significant contemporary relevance .

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword; Prologue

1.Uncertainty and Identity: the Enlightenment and its Shadows

2.Montesquieu the Explorer and the "Discovery" of Uncertainty

3.Les lettres persanes: Despotism and the Erotics of Uncertainty

4.The Uncertainty of Authorship, the Authorship of Uncertainty

5.The Haunted Government of Uncertainty

Conclusion, Appendix; Bibliography; Index

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