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The Cambridge Companion to Montaigne

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Ullrich Langer, Warren Boutcher, John O'Brien, Tom Conley, André Tournon, Francis Goyet, Ian Maclean, George Hoffmann, Ann Hartle, J. B. Schneewind
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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525565

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  • Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) is known for his innovative method of philosophical inquiry which mixes the anecdotal and the personal with serious critiques of human knowledge, politics and the law. His rejection of fanaticism and cruelty and his admiration for the civilizations of the New World mark him as a predecessor of modern notions of tolerance and acceptance of otherness. An international team of contributors explores the range of his philosophy and also examines the social and intellectual contexts in which his thought was expressed.

    • Contributions to this volume come from international specialists in the field of Montaigne studies
    • Readers new to Montaigne will find this a most convenient and accessible guide to his philosophy
    • Montaigne's innovative method of philosophical inquiry is related to modern notions of respect for diversity and tolerance
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    “As befits the “Cambridge Companion” series, the sweep of this book's 11 clearly written chapters is impressive, embracing Montaigne's religious, political, judicial, and ethical thought, the latter being understood in Aristotle's sense of the search for the good life. The writing is accessible to the generalist while also helpful to the specialist. A chronology of Montaigne's life, a good bibliography, and a substantial index make this a valuable reference tool.”
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    "readers of Early Modern philosophy will greatly benefit from the insights fathered in this book." Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525565
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 155 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Note on the text
    Chronology
    1. Introduction Ullrich Langer
    2. Montaigne's political and religious context Ullrich Langer
    3. Montaigne's legacy Warren Boutcher
    4. Montaigne and antiquity: fancies and grotesques John O'Brien
    5. The Essays and the New World Tom Conley
    6. Justice and the law: on the reverse side of the Essays André Tournon
    7. Montaigne and the notion of prudence Francis Goyet
    8. Montaigne and the truth of the schools Ian Maclean
    9. The investigation of nature George Hoffmann
    10. Montaigne and scepticism Ann Hartle
    11. Montaigne on moral philosophy and the good life J. B. Schneewind
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Ullrich Langer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Ullrich Langer is Professor of French and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    Contributors

    Ullrich Langer, Warren Boutcher, John O'Brien, Tom Conley, André Tournon, Francis Goyet, Ian Maclean, George Hoffmann, Ann Hartle, J. B. Schneewind

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