Montesquieu and the Discovery of the Social

  • Brian C. J. Singer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Brian C. J. Singer
    Pages 1-40
  3. Brian C. J. Singer
    Pages 41-97
  4. Brian C. J. Singer
    Pages 98-155
  5. Brian C. J. Singer
    Pages 211-282
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-296

About this book


Montesquieu is often considered the first social thinker. Today, when 'the end of the social' has been proclaimed, it is time to reconsider its beginnings. In a wide-ranging, original interpretation of The Spirit of the Laws, this book explores what did it mean to 'discover the social', and what can it mean to recover the social today?


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Authors and affiliations

  • Brian C. J. Singer
    • 1
  1. 1.York UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43970-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-02770-2
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