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My Thoughts

Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Liberty Fund

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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p. v-v

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pp. vii-xiv

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron of La Brède and of Montesquieu (1689–1755), was born into a noble family in southwestern France. After an early education at home and with the village schoolmaster, he was sent away to Juilly, an Oratorian school in Meaux, just outside of Paris, at the age of eleven. Returning to Bordeaux for legal studies, he seems ...

A Note on the Text

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pp. xv-xviii

Translator’s Note

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pp. xix-xxii

A Note on Currency

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p. xxiii-xxiii

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pp. xxv-xxvi

I began this project as a visiting scholar at Liberty Fund in Indianapolis in 2005–6. Without the generosity of that foundation, and the congenial surroundings they supplied, this volume would not have been conceived, much less executed. In particular, Emilio Pacheco deserves my heartfelt gratitude for supporting this undertaking from the ...

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My Thoughts

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pp. 1-678

[1] Some detached reflections or thoughts that i have not put in my works. [2] These are ideas that I have not delved into deeply, and that I am putting aside in order to think about them as the occasion allows. [3] I will be very careful not to answer for all the thoughts that are here. I have put most of them here only because I have not had time to reflect on ...

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Thematic Table

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pp. 679-687

The first printed edition of the Pensées, brought out by the Genevan law professor Henri Barckhausen in two volumes from 1899 to 1901, has set the standard for the enumeration of the individual items. Although Montesquieu himself had begun the compilation by numbering the entries, he soon discontinued the practice. Since there was not always space separating the treatment of one topic ...

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pp. 689-698

Since many readers over the years have become familiar with Montesquieu’s Pensées through the original enumeration of Henri Barckhausen, as followed in the Pléiade edition and in Daniel Oster’s 1964 Seuil edition, it seemed useful to compile a concordance, as the 1991 Desgraves edition had also done, between the original Barckhausen edition and the present one. In what follows, the first ...

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pp. 699-708


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pp. 709-779

E-ISBN-13: 9781614879053
E-ISBN-10: 1614879052
Print-ISBN-13: 9780865978256

Page Count: 808
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: None

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  • Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de, 1689-1755 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
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