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Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism: A Commentary on The Spirit of the Laws Paperback – July 15, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0226645452 ISBN-10: 0226645452 Edition: Reprint

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Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books.


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Thomas L. Pangle is the Co-Director of The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas and holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He held previously the University Professorship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and is a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Oklahoma--where he was Feaver MacMinn Visiting Scholar, the University of Houston-- where he held the inaugural Ross M. Lence Master Teacher Residency in the Honors College, and the University of Chicago--where he also delivered the Exxon Distinguished Lectures in Humane Approaches to the Social Sciences.

Educated at Cornell University (BA) and the University of Chicago (PhD), he has won Guggenheim, Isaac Waltam Killam, Canada Council, Connaught, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Carl Friedrich von Siemens, and four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

He has been awarded The Benton Bowl, Yale University (for contribution to education in politics), the Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher of the World Prize, Baylor University, and with his wife Lorraine the American Freedom Alliance 2012 Hero of Conscience Award (for establishing a Great Books undergraduate program at U. of Texas). At the invitation of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences he delivered the Werner Heisenberg Memorial Prize Lecture.

He is a Founding Member of the Editorial Board of The Chinese Journal of Classical Studies, General Editor of The Agora Editions (Cornell U. Press), and is a member of the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly, and Polis, Journal of the Society for the Study of Greek Political Thought; of the Advisory Board, Centre for Liberal Education, Carleton University, Ottawa;and of the Council, North American Chapter, Society for the Study of Greek Political Thought. Together with Timothy Burns he edits the Palgrave Macmillan books series Recovering Political Philosophy. He has served as Senior Advisory Editor, Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books, and as a member of the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association.

He is the author of Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism (U. of Chicago Press, 1973); The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke (U. of Chicago Press, 1988); The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1992); The Learning of Liberty: The Educational Ideas of the American Founders, co-authored with wife Lorraine (Univ. Press of Kansas, 1993); Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace, co-authored with Peter J. Ahrensdorf (Univ. Press of Kansas, 1999); Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2003); Leo Strauss: An Introduction to His Thought and Intellectual Legacy (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2006); The Theological Basic of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws (U. of Chicago Press 2010); Aristotle's Teaching in the POLITICS (u. of chicago Press, 2013).

He has a DVD and audiotape lecture course entitled "The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution," marketed by The Teaching Company, The Great Courses.

A Festschrift in his honor: Recovering Reason: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle, edited by Timothy Burns, was published by Lexington Books, 2010.

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