David W. Carrithers
Historical Period: The 20th Century and Beyond
David Carrithers (Ph.D. NYU, 1972) is Adolph Ochs Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, where he taught in the departments of history, philosophy, and political science and also in the University Honors program.
He is past president of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, a former board member of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and an invited member of the Académie nationale des sciences, belles-lettres et arts de Bordeaux. A specialist in Montesquieu studies, Carrithers has published a critical edition of Montesquieu’s The Spirit of Laws ( Berkeley, 1977) and is also the editor of and contributor to three edited volumes of essays on Montesquieu: Montesquieu’s Science of Politics (2001), Montesquieu and the Spirit of Modernity (2002), and Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought (2009). He has also published essays on Montesquieu in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the History of Political Thought, The French-American Review, the Dictionnaire Montesquieu, and the Revue Montesquieu and encyclopedia entries on Montesquieu in Scribner’s Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World and Blackwell Classics of Western Philosophy.