From Classical Civil Religion to Modern Liberal Religion

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:
From Classical Civil Religion to Modern Liberal Religion

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This chapter analyzes Montesquieu's views on republican slavery, the commercial republic and its religiosity, liberal constitutionalism and its religiosity, and the application of the standard found in England. Montesquieu is keenly aware that the natural tendency or drift of despotism is toward stupid impoverishment and recurring chaotic self-destruction. But he believes that there is hopeful evidence that some major despots are learning to listen to the voice of the reasoning required by economic self-interest rightly understood.

Keywords: Montesquieu; republican slavery; religiosity; liberal constitutionalism; English government; despotism

Chapter.  9627 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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