9780140178975

Essays

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140178975

  • ISBN10:

    014017897X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-07-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

Taken together, this selection of essays forms an exquisitely drawn portrait that depicts the strength and warmth of Montaigne's personality. And, as J.M. Cohen observes in his introduction, 'One sees, as one reads him, how broad his mind was, and how many of the ideas of the next two centuries he grasped by anticipation.'

Author Biography

Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, was born in 1533, the son and heir of Pierre, Seigneur de Montaigne (two previous children dying soon after birth). He was brought up to speak Latin as his mother tongue and always retained a Latin turn of mind; though he knew Greek, he preferred to use translations. After studying law he eventually became counselor to the Parlement of Bordeaux. He married in 1565. In 1569 he published his French version of the Natural Theology of Raymond Sebond; his Apology is only partly a defense of Sebond and sets skeptical limits to human reasoning about God, man and nature. He retired in 1571 to his lands at Montaigne, devoting himself to reading and reflection and to composing his Essays (first version, 1580). He loathed the fanaticism and cruelties of the religious wars of the period, but sided with Catholic orthodoxy and legitimate monarchy. He was twice elected Mayor of Bordeaux (1581 and 1583), a post he held for four years. He died at Montaigne (1592) while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9(14)
To the Reader 23(2)
BOOK ONE
That our actions should be judged by our intentions
25(1)
On idleness
26(2)
On liars
28(5)
That no man should be called happy until after his death
33(3)
On the power of the imagination
36(12)
That one man's profit is another's loss
48(1)
On the education of children
49(37)
That it is folly to measure truth and error by our own capacity
86(5)
On friendship
91(14)
On cannibals
105(14)
On the custom of wearing clothes
119(4)
On the uncertainty of our judgement
123(7)
On Democritus and Heraclitus
130(3)
On smells
133(4)
BOOK TWO
On the affection of fathers for their children
137(22)
On books
159(15)
On cruelty
174(16)
On presumption
190(35)
All things have their season
225(2)
A defence of Seneca and Plutarch
227(8)
BOOK THREE
On repentance
235(15)
On three kinds of relationships
250(14)
On vehicles
264(21)
On the art of conversation
285(26)
On physiognomy
311(32)
On experience
343

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