Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

This paper focuses on a comparative analysis of the legitimate exercise of democratic power in the philosophies of Montesquieu and Locke. This analysis not only highlights a strong bifurcation in liberal thought, it also sheds light on the contemporary practice of liberalism through the example of the United States’ ‘War on Terror.’ I argue that although it is Locke who at first blush gives an account of the exercise of democratic power that is more opposed to tyranny, it is Montesquieu’s broader conception that is in many ways more effective at tracking and combating tyranny.

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Original published version available at https://doi.org/10.5840/intstudphil20084028

First Page

107

Last Page

120

Publication Title

International Studies in Philosophy

DOI

10.5840/intstudphil20084028

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