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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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Daily quote for the foreign politics debate audience (10/09)

There are almost two weeks left to the presidential debates on foreign politics. Both candidates will be blowing smoke up the audience’s asses. To understand clearly what they are talking about, and what they really mean behind their noble-sounding invocations … 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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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and Social Anthropology #6

Continuation of the previous part… After three years of international travel and two years of hermitage at La Brède spent on writing The Considerations, Montesquieu returns to Parisian life, and for the next fourteen years spends there more time than … Continue reading

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Charles-Louis Montesquieu and Social Anthropology #5

Continuation of the previous part… The path that led the Romans to the greatness has originated from the very common state of the emerging societies, Montesquieu claims in Considerations. It was the egalitarian state of the bands of brigands who … Continue reading

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