Montesquieu's Persian Letters - A Murphy Institute Roundtable Discussion
A roundtable discussion of Dr. MaKenzie's recent translation of Montesquieu's Persian Letters (Hackett, 2014).
Date & Time:
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Leather Room, O'Shaughnessy Frey Library (OSF 108)
(main level, behind the coffee shop)
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul Campus
Join CAS professors Catherine Deavel (Philosophy), Michael Hollerich (Theology), William Junker (Catholic Studies), and Raymond MacKenzie (English) for a roundtable discussion of Dr. MaKenzie's recent translation of Montesquieu's Persian Letters (Hackett, 2014).
Originally published in French in 1721, Montesquieu's Persian Letters records the impressions of two Persian nobles who journey to Paris. In letters written to friends, wives, and servants back home, the Persians reflect upon a diverse range of topics from human nature and the origins of society, to religious belief, sexual equality (and inequality), and law. Both an elegant work of fiction and a brilliant cultural commentary, Persian Letters is one of Montesquieu's most important works and a classic of the European Enlightenment. Its insights have much to offer us today.