L'esprit d'une nation, et son objet

Diego Vernazza
This text proposes a clarification of two central notions in Montesquieu's lexicon: the «esprit général d'une nation» (general spirit of a nation) and the «objet d'une nation» (object of a nation). First, this text reconstructs the process of elaboration of the former, from Montesquieu's early writings to De l'esprit des lois, and then deploys a series of hypotheses about the political meaning of the latter. Once articulated, these two notions allow us to pose in new terms the question
more » ... e question concerning the place of politics in his œuvre, which is designated commonly as a precursor to the social sciences.
doi:10.13128/ds-20629 fatcat:h56wii6nk5hn3gniswryftpjla