Montesquieu is often considered the first social thinker. Today, when 'the end of the social' has been proclaimed, it is time to reconsider its beginnings. In a wide-ranging, original interpretation of The Spirit of the Laws, this book explores what did it mean to 'discover the social', and what can it mean to recover the social today?
BRIAN SINGER is a Professor at Glendon College York University, Canada. He has previously published Society, Theory and the French Revolution, has translated works by Claude-Levi Strauss and Jean Baudrillard, amongst others.