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In Search of the Good LifeA Pedogogy for Troubled Times$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124575

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124575.001.0001

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. Montesquieu’s Persian Letters

. Montesquieu’s Persian Letters

A Timely Classic

(p.95) 5. Montesquieu’s Persian Letters
In Search of the Good Life

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses some of the distinctive features of Montesquieu's general oeuvre, including only a few salient points. It pinpoints some particularly instructive passages of his Persian Letters that illustrate his talent as a thoughtful and critical comparativist. The last part of the discussion highlights aspects that are viewed as demonstrative of Montesquieu's continuing relevance, especially the importance of the Persian Letters as a timely classic in the contemporary context.

Keywords:   Montesquieu, general oeuvre, Persian Letters, classic, comparativist, contemporary context

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