Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

1689–1755

Nationality: French

Historical Period: The 18th Century

Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) was one of the most influential legal theorists and political philosophers of the 18th century. His ideas about the separation of powers and checks on the power of the executive had a profound impact on the architects of the American constitution.

  • Liberty Fund plans to publish a new translation of Montesquieu’s Mes Pensées by Henry C. Clark in 2012.