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The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”$
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Thomas L. Pangle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226645490

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226645520.001.0001

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The Theological Significance of Republics and Monarchies

The Theological Significance of Republics and Monarchies

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(p.51) Chapter Three The Theological Significance of Republics and Monarchies
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The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645520.003.0004

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

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