Montesquieu. Let There Be Enlightenment
Catherine Volpilhac-Auger, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon
Edited and translated by Philip Stewart, Duke University, North Carolina
Since the last biography of Montesquieu in English (Shackleton, Oxford, 1961), Montesquieu scholarship has been entirely renewed, culminating in a critical edition of his complete works in twenty-two volumes that is nearing completion.
Since 1998, this new edition of the complete works has considerably modified what was known about Montesquieu and his procedures, eliciting new translations and further studies. Additionally, several thousand manuscript pages were made public in 1994 and continue to generate further scholarly inquiry.
The author of this compact biography, originally published by Gallimard 2017, is the director of the critical edition of the works and the most qualified scholar of Montesquieu. At once an introduction to Montesquieu’s thought and a synthesis of current knowledge about his life and work, this book is full of insights and revised judgements about Montesquieu and how his political philosophy helped thrust Enlightenment onto the European agenda.
Introduction ; 1. Monsieur de La Brède (1689–1705) ; 2. From La Brède to Secondat de Montesquieu (1705–1713) ; 3. From Secondat to Montesquieu (1713–1721) ; 4. Taking Wing (1722–1727) ; 5. Europe on the horizon (1728–1731) ; 6. A new departure (1731–1738) ; 7. ‘A labor of twenty years’ (1736–1748) ; 8. The march to glory (1749–1755) ; 9. The final battle.
Cambridge University Press, 2023 (online and hardback)
January 2023 : Hardback 978-1-00-924909-6
229 x 152 mm c.262pp
November 2022 : online.
Voir en ligne : Cambridge University Press