Michel de Montaigne begins his magisterial The Essais by telling his readers that he, himself, is the matter of his book. He says that he has written himself so that after death he could remain in the world with chose who knew and loved him. Montaigne's intimate project, meant to be read by friends, has emerged as one of the most surprising and compelling accounts of the human condition ever written. Although Montaigne famously retired from public life to write, neither his concerns nor the activities recounted in The Essais is purely private. Montaigne is engaged in his world as a philosopher, but also as a citizen, gentleman, and friend; so, his wisdom turns outward as well as inward. This volume of essays, based on papers presented at The A.V. Elliott Conference for Great Books and Ideas sponsored by Mercer University's McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles, focuses on the outward oriented political philosophy of Montaigne, which is informed by his probing introspection and thoroughly unsentimental self-observation. Contributors include Ann Hartle, Daniel Cullen, Christine Henderson, Eduardo Velasquez, Kevin Honeycutt, and Christopher Edelman. Book jacket.
No Greater Monster nor Miracle Than Myself
Mercer University Press
The Political Philosophy of Michel de Montaigne
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