Paolo Slongo

The order of relations and the spirit of laws. A reading of Book I of the «Esprit des lois»

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Keywords: Montesquieu; Law; Political Right; State of Nature.

The essay suggests that in the complex logical-conceptual configuration of Book I of the "Esprit des lois" operates a movement of thought very different from the one that is commonly recognized in those interpretation that aims to attribute to Montesquieu a specific political «paradigm». Book I is the mobile foundation of the whole work: the question is not so much to expose a theory of law that support a political doctrine, but rather to point out a dynamics that triggers the research.

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