Law and Political Thought

In Gregory Claey (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Modern Political Thought. CQ Press. pp. 488-494 (2013)
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In the modern period, the most original and influential theories about law and politics were developed in connection with a set of far-reaching, interrelated questions about the definition of law, the purpose of law, the relationship between law and morality, and the existence of natural law and natural rights. In this entry I summarize the contributions of Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu; William Blackstone; Jeremy Bentham; and Immanuel Kant as exemplars of the history of modern thought on law and politics.

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