Undergraduates at Loyola University Maryland are continuing their intensive reading of Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws (1748) under the auspices of Diana Schaub.  Dr. Schaub, an acclaimed scholar who specializes in political philosophy, is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters (1995).

Tocqueville reading group at Loyola University Maryland

Montesquieu ranks as one of the most influential political thinkers of the eighteenth century. His imprint shows in the founding of the country, the framing of the United States Constitution, and among the Constitution’s anti-Federalist critics.  No thinker was cited more than Montesquieu in the political writings produced in the United States before the end of the eighteenth century.

Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to provide continuing support for Dr. Schaub’s extracurricular work in acquainting gifted undergraduates with both the challenges and riches of reading cover-to-cover classic texts.