What was Montesquieu's aim in writing The Spirit of the Laws?

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Despite his critics, Montesquieu knew he had created a worthy and original work of political theory expressed by the phrase of his last preface ?an offspring made without a mother'. (Montesquieu 1989: preface) This suggests that Montesquieu intended to create a distinctive political theory which was unlike any of his predecessors...
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(Montesquieu 1989: preface) This suggests that Montesquieu intended to create a distinctive political theory which was unlike any of his predecessors. Although he quotes famous predecessors such as Plato and Aristotle, he treats them as sources of information rather than philosophical fundamentals. The Spirit of the Laws was Montesquieu's last work and undeniably over the course of twenty years he implemented what Judith Shklar suggests as ?his entire intellectual capital as a judge, scientist, novelist, historian, and traveller...
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