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To Hobbes and Locke, law is for the common weal; it is promulgated; and it issues from the authorized power. Both philosophers drop precisely the fourth element, reason, which Aquinas lists ﬁrst. 28 The instrumental reason of modern natural right cannot appeal to an ultimate, natural reason—to something other than self-interested force or will—for even if such a thing exists, its primary manifestation is in the claimed rights of individuals. Such rights are what is being contested in political disputes, not what settles them.
He seeks means for realistically reforming the city of man to make it a more tranquil, hospitable abode, especially through inculcating a proper political and legal prudence. To be sure, his analysis of these fundamental issues in book 1, and later in the work, is indebted in some respects to the modern rationalism of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke. 11 Still, the debt generally wanes as one moves farther into the thirty-one books, which emphasize complexity, particularity, and moderation. Upon considering the whole Moderating Liberalism and Common Law [ 19 ] work, as the Preface directs, one ﬁnds it tempering earlier modern attempts to establish an abstract foundation for politics—whether Machiavellian acquisition of glory and rule by one alone, or a Hobbesian, Lockean liberalism of a state of nature and natural rights.
1, 865). Throughout the work Montesquieu’s concept of moderation guides both his philosophizing and his political advice, continually seeking to avoid the extremism of adopting any single, rigid dogma. His political philosophy thus blends elements of a Newtonian science of the equilibrium achieved among forces and ideas, a Machiavellian realism about lowered moral aims for politics, and the humane sensibilities of his predecessor as a counselor in the Parlement of Bordeaux, Montaigne. 10 The ultimate goal of his new science of politics is liberty, but a modern conception of moderation is for him the prerequisite for liberty.