Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 25 July 2021

From Classical Civil Religion to Modern Liberal Religion

From Classical Civil Religion to Modern Liberal Religion

Chapter:
(p.71) Chapter Four From Classical Civil Religion to Modern Liberal Religion
Source:
The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645520.003.0005

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

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.