Many passages of L’Esprit des lois appear very difficult to parse, and are likely to appear highly ambiguous or completely nonsensical if the translator has not first figured them out, at least  to his/her own satisfaction.



The Spirit of Law

A new English translation project for L’Esprit des lois

I am undertaking a new English translation of Montesquieu’s “Esprit des lois” in an open format. Progressive samples of the ongoing translation will be posted and interested parties (primarily, no doubt, political scientists and historians in English-speaking countries) will be invited to critique the translation, post queries or comments, suggest other possibilities for particular passages. The reference text will remain under my control but participation will be encouraged through e-mails directly to me.