Gaetano Filangieri

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  • Clorinda Donato (California State University, Long Beach)

The name of Gaetano Filangieri was known far and wide in late eighteenth-century Europe. It appeared in the travelogues, letters and literary meditations of those who sought to rekindle early enlightenment principles at the end of the eighteenth century through the inspiration of his magnum opus, La Scienza della legislazione (The Science of Legislation) (1780-91). Dubbed the Italian Montesquieu for his engagement with the philosophe's constitutional philosophy, Filangieri nonetheless critiqued The Spirit of the Laws (1748), moving his theories from the realm of intellectual reflection on the separation of powers and the rule of law to the arena of reform. The S…

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Donato, Clorinda. "Gaetano Filangieri ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2010
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