Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu
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.