(16891755). Jurist, pol. theorist and philos., philos. hist.; b. Labrède, near Bordeaux, Fr.; educ. Bordeaux; championed freedom, moderation, toleration, and constitutional govt.; advocated division of govt. power into executive, legislative, and judicial branches; deist; moralist; believed in free will and natural law. Works include De l'Esprit des Loix; Lettres Persanes.
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