The spirit of freedom in French Enlightenment thought
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Written in English


  • Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, -- baron de, -- 1689-1755 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Diderot, Denis, -- 1713-1784 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Voltaire, -- 1694-1778 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, -- 1712-1778 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, -- marquis de, -- 1743-1794 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Political science -- France -- Philosophy,
  • Philosophy, French -- 18th century

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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

StatementMary Efrosini Gregory.
SeriesCurrents in comparative Romance languages and literatures -- v. 177
LC ClassificationsJC179 .G74 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23872288M
ISBN 109781433109393
LC Control Number2009045032

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