... But Montesquieu also argued that we are social beings, and naturally open to religious belief. We are shaped by culture and history, but philosophers and statesmen can push back. Thus he condemned slavery, harsh penal laws, religious persecution, and other forms of despotism. Montesquieu is neither a historicist liberal nor a Frenchified Lockean liberal. He embodies the moderate Enlightenment, and moderate liberalism.
Friday, November 15, 2013
America’s Moderate Liberalism: Rediscovering Montesquieu, Recovering Balance
By Paul O. Carrese here. A taste: