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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.
|Of his task and theme||11|
|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 the inequality that is between us||125|
|Of the inconstancy of our actions||137|
|We taste nothing purely||193|
|Of anger and choler||199|
|Of profit and honesty||209|
|Of three commerces or societies||241|
|How one ought to govern his will||257|