. Montesquieu’s <i>Persian Letters</i>

Fred Dallmayr

in In Search of the Good Life

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124575
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134994 | DOI:
. Montesquieu’s Persian Letters

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This chapter discusses some of the distinctive features of Montesquieu's general oeuvre, including only a few salient points. It pinpoints some particularly instructive passages of his Persian Letters that illustrate his talent as a thoughtful and critical comparativist. The last part of the discussion highlights aspects that are viewed as demonstrative of Montesquieu's continuing relevance, especially the importance of the Persian Letters as a timely classic in the contemporary context.

Keywords: Montesquieu; general oeuvre; Persian Letters; classic; comparativist; contemporary context

Chapter.  8018 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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