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French social commentator and political thinker

1689   -   1755

genre: epistolary novel, essay
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
educated at: College of Juilly
occupation: philosopher, writer, novelist, sociologist, poet lawyer, lawyer, judge, Encyclopédistes, historian
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society

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Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (; French: [mɔ̃tɛskjø]; 18 January 1689 – 10 February 1755), generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher. He is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world. He is also known for doing more than any other author to secure the place of the word "despotism" in the political lexicon. His anonymously published The Spirit of the Laws in 1748, which was received well in both Great Britain and the American colonies, influenced the Founding Fathers in drafting the United States Constitution.
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Persian Letters

1721 literary work by Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu

author: Montesquieu


The Spirit of the Laws

1748 treatise on political theory first published anonymously by Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu

author: Montesquieu

1748 or 1750

Il tempio di Cnido

poème de 1725 par Montesquieu

author: Montesquieu


Histoire Véritable

conte philosophique de Montesquieu

author: Montesquieu

Essai sur le goût

book by Charles de Montesquieu

author: Montesquieu


De l'esprit des lois

author: Montesquieu

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