The Theological Significance of Republics and Monarchies

in The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226645490
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226645520 | DOI:
The Theological Significance of Republics and Monarchies

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Montesquieu departs from classical political theory by conceiving of the classical republic, at its best, in fundamentally democratic, nonaristocratic, or even antiaristocratic terms. In The Spirit of the Laws, “aristocracy” comes to sight as an inferior and even defective form of republic. This chapter analyzes Montesquieu's views on republican religiosity, the monarchy and its religiosity, why Christianity is so powerful in monarchic Europe, and his educational strategy.

Keywords: Montesquieu; monarchy; religiosity; Christianity; educational strategy; aristocracy

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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