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Montesquieu Forum for the Study of Civic Life

The Montesquieu Forum

The Montesquieu Forum's principal purpose is to facilitate and further the study of the classical and European heritage informing the American founding period. The American Founding did not spring out of a vacuum. It took as its foundations the writings of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Polybius, Plutarch, Francis Bacon, Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, as well as the Bible.

Jack Miller Center

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Funding for the Montesquieu Forum comes from and is supported by the Jack Miller Center. The Miller Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides a wide variety of ongoing resources to U.S. college and university professors who are finding ways to increase understanding about America's early history and principles.

Latest Video

Professor Clifford Orwin - University of Toronto

"The Foundations of the Athenian Democratic Empire: Reflections on Herodotus's" History"(Large File - 264MB)


Videographer: Wheeler Cole