Political Ontology and Institutional Design in Montesquieu and Rousseau

@article{Williams2010PoliticalOA,
  title={Political Ontology and Institutional Design in Montesquieu and Rousseau},
  author={D. L. Williams},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={54},
  pages={525-542}
}
  • D. L. Williams
  • Published 2010
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • Historians of political thought have been puzzled by Montesquieu's simultaneous appeals to the diversity of human practices and eternal norms of justice. Isaiah Berlin famously referred to this as an impassable “contradiction” burdening his work. Careful examination of Rousseau's appropriations from and developments on Montesquieu, however, reveal that these observations are not merely reconcilable—they provide a fruitful way to approach legislation and constitution drafting. This is… CONTINUE READING
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