Montesquieu and the American Founding
Lecture no. 9 from the course: The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Taught by Professor Lawrence Cahoone | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
The complexities of the American Constitution and system of government are a consequence of disagreements between Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Look at their arguments and contributions to political thought—including the Declaration of Independence, parts of the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers—along with the ideas of Montesquieu, whose notion of the separation of powers was crucial for the American founders.