Justice as a “Leitmotif”

  • Sheila Mary Mason
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idees book series (ARCH, volume 79)


Montesquieu’s conception of justice manifests itself in his works in two distinct ways. First of all, certain theoretical and technical details of his political doctrines can be related to the metaphysical and epistemological apparatus which supports it; and, secondly, the moral idealism which through it is renewed and reconciled with historical and environmental determinism, reveals itself both directly in the form of a literature of ethics, and indirectly though no less distinctively, in the criteria which inform his judgement of laws and institutions.


Moral Idealism Political Liberty Moral Idea True Patriotism Moral Writing 
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