Freedom over Servitude

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
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This volume contains five articles by prominent scholars of French literature and political philosophy that examine the relation between Montaigne's Essays, one of the classic works of the French philosophical and literary traditions, and the writings attributed by Montaigne to his friend, the French "humanist" Etienne de La Boetie. Three contributors to the volume suggest that Montaigne was the real author of the revolutionary tract On Voluntary Servitude, along with the other works he attributed to La Boetie. Two contributors describe the remarkable mathematical and/or mythological patterns found in both the Essays and the works ascribed to La Boetie. Several essays articulate the revolutionary political teaching found in the Essays as well as On Voluntary Servitude, challenging the conventional view of Montaigne as a political conservative. And all the contributors challenge the received view that he was an "artless" or "nonchalant" writer. The volume also includes new translations of both On Voluntary Servitude and the "29 Sonnets of Etienne de La Boetie" that Montaigne included in all editions of the Essays except the final one. An important work for students and scholars of political philosophy, Renaissance history, and French and comparative literature.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii
Chapter 1. Montaigne and La Boetie
David Lewis Schaefer
Chapter 2. Montaigne, Of Friendship, and On Tyranny
Michael Platt
Chapter 3. The Vanishing Center
Randolph Paul Runyon
Chapter 4. Smoke and Mirrors: Covert Dissent in Montaigne's Essays and Overt Dissent in the Discourse On Voluntary Servitude
Regine Reynolds-Cornell
Chapter 5. Montaigne, Author of On Voluntary Servitude
Daniel Martin
Appendix I: Translation of On Voluntary Servitude 189(34)
David Lewis Schaefer
Appendix II: Translation of The Twenty-nine Sonnets 223(14)
Randolph Paul Runyon
Bibliography 237(8)
Index 245(6)
About the Editors 251

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