Charles de Montesquieu

Charles de Montesquieu

Born: January 18, 1689

Died: February 10, 1755

Nationality: French

Occupation: Philosopher

Biography: Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French social commentator and political thinker who lived during the Enlightenment. He is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, which is taken for granted in modern discussions of government and implemented in many constitutions throughout the world.

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Source/Notes: In French: "L'amitié est un contrat par lequel nous nous engageons à rendre de petits services à quelqu'un, afin qu'il nous en rende de grands." - Pensées, 308

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