Montesquieu and the Discovery of the Social Brian Singer

ISBN: 9781299262812

Published: August 16th 2013

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325 pages


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Montesquieu and the Discovery of the Social  by  Brian Singer

Montesquieu and the Discovery of the Social by Brian Singer
August 16th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 325 pages | ISBN: 9781299262812 | 10.23 Mb

Montesquieu has often been considered the first social theorist. Today, when a number of authors have pronounced the end of the social, it is time to reconsider its beginnings. What did it mean to discover the social? What did it allow one to sayMoreMontesquieu has often been considered the first social theorist.

Today, when a number of authors have pronounced the end of the social, it is time to reconsider its beginnings. What did it mean to discover the social? What did it allow one to say that could not previously be said? What sorts of epistemological moves were required in order for this discovery to become possible? This book responds to these questions with a wide-ranging, original interpretation of The Spirit of the Laws. It demonstrates that Montesquieu provides several different senses and usages of the social, each of which builds on the others. The result is a divided concept that challenges later, more simplistic understandings, and allows him to illuminate a number of the fractures central to our modernity.

The last chapter brings the discussion forward, and asks what can be retrieved from Montesquieu in order to confront the present crisis of the social and its associated disciplines.



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