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The Architecture of Moderate Government: Montesquieu’s Science of the Legislator

Aurelian Craiutu

in A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691146768
eISBN:
9781400842421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691146768.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines the concept of “moderate government” during the Old Regime by drawing on the political writings of Montesquieu. It first considers Montesquieu's claim, which he articulated in ... More


A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830

Aurelian Craiutu

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691146768
eISBN:
9781400842421
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691146768.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Political moderation is the touchstone of democracy, which could not function without compromise and bargaining, yet it is one of the most understudied concepts in political theory. How can we ... More


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