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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform

Charles-Louis Montesquieu and the Indo-European Myth #4

Continuation of the previous part… We see a striking familiarity in Mosaic themes of ethnological discourse between the New French and British Orientalism and subsequent beginnings of Indo-European studies, and the Old French (Portuguese) Jesuit Orientalism. However, despite that similarity, … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and the Indo-European Myth #3

Continuation of the previous part… Britain Biblical, or as Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan Thomas Trautmann calls it, Mosaic ethnologists had a different opinion on the kinship of the European (and Indo-European) people to Noah’s … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and the Indo-European Myth #2

Continuation of the previous part… In Europe, in Middle Ages, consensus was reached that descendants of Shem populated Asia and formed social strata of Priests; Ham gave rise of African population and class of Servants; while Europeans and Nobility caste … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and the Indo-European Myth #1

Continuation of the previous chapter… Of course in Montesquieu’s times the Indo-European theory, as well as the term itself didn’t exist yet. It took few more decades for the old school Orientalism of seventeenth-eighteenth centuries, sprinkled with the Enlightenment ideas, … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and Social Anthropology #9

Continuation of the previous part… After getting familiar with theses outlined in Essay of Causes and Books XIV-XX of The Spirits of the Laws, one starts to understand better what are the foundations of the theory of governments and concept … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and Social Anthropology #8

Continuation of the previous part… Montesquieu points out at the obvious observation that customs, professions and style of life we keep greatly affect and modify our thinking. For example “engravers see figures on the wall which are not there”, or … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and Social Anthropology #7

Continuation of the previous part… Unlike the previous Persian Letters, where the arguments behind the expressed ideas were quick references to well known, in educated circles, works or authors, or even a pure playfulness or wit, or, unlike The Considerations, … Continue reading

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