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Living at a time of religious strife and the decline of the intellectual optimism that had begun in the Renaissance, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) expressed in his writings both a deep skepticism about human affairs and a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity reflective of the age. His was not a systematic philosophy; rather, he wrote pieces that were attempts at knowledge-essays in understanding, or essais, as he called them in French. He thus inaugurated a new literary ...
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Overview

Living at a time of religious strife and the decline of the intellectual optimism that had begun in the Renaissance, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) expressed in his writings both a deep skepticism about human affairs and a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity reflective of the age. His was not a systematic philosophy; rather, he wrote pieces that were attempts at knowledge-essays in understanding, or essais, as he called them in French. He thus inaugurated a new literary genre that proved to be very influential.

Despite his skepticism, Montaigne realized that the intellectual horizon of his day was full of exciting new developments. His essays reflect many interests, plus a refreshing honesty about the frailties of human nature. Montaigne writes about vanity, the value of friendship, "That to Study Philosophy Is to Learn to Die," and a host of other topics.

Filled with insights and keen observations that have inspired later writers as diverse as William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, and Roland Barthes, the Essays of Montaigne should be on the essential reading list of every student, scholar, and book lover.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781290644624
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592) was one of the most influential figures of the French Renaissance. He studied law and retired from public life at the age of thirty-eight to devote himself to reading, reflection, and composing the . He is credited with inventing the genre of the essay.

M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne’s ˆ.

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Table of Contents

Of his task and theme 11
Of pedantism 19
Of the institution and education of children; to the Lady Diana of Foix, Countess of Gurson 35
It is folly to refer truth or falsehood to our sufficiency 85
Of friendship 91
Of solitariness 109
Of the inequality that is between us 125
Of the inconstancy of our actions 137
Of drunkenness 147
Of books 159
Of cruelty 177
We taste nothing purely 193
Of anger and choler 199
Of profit and honesty 209
Of repenting 223
Of three commerces or societies 241
How one ought to govern his will 257
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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    The page for this book says it is John M. Cohen's translation, b

    The page for this book says it is John M. Cohen's translation, but the NOOK edition (for which I paid $2.99) is Charles Cotton's translation.

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    Posted February 20, 2010

    Good Version

    if you buy this publication of Montaigne's Essays you will not be disappointed: a joy to behold.

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