An Apology For Raymond Sebond by Michel de MontaigneAn Apology For Raymond Sebond by Michel de Montaigne

An Apology For Raymond Sebond

byMichel de MontaigneTranslated byM. A. ScreechIntroduction byM. A. Screech

Paperback | January 5, 1988

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An Apology for Raymond Sebond is widely regarded as the greatest of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on natural theology, it was inspired by the deep crisis of personal melancholy that followed the death of Montaigne's own father in 1568, and explores contemporary Christianity in prose that is witty and frequently damning. As he searches for the true meaning of faith, Montaigne is heavily critical of the arrogant tendency of mankind to create God in its own image, and offers his personal reflections on the true role of man, the need to eschew personal arrogance, and the vital importance of faith if we are to understand our place in the universe. Wise, perceptive and remarkably informed, this is one of the true masterpieces of the essay form.
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 eventuall...
Title:An Apology For Raymond SebondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.54 inPublished:January 5, 1988Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

An Apology for Raymond Sebond - Michel de Montaigne Translated with an Introduction and Notes by M. A. Screech

Note on the Text
Explanation of the Symbols
Note on the Translation
Further Reading


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Michel De Montaigne was known for his humane, Christian skepticism. Having written many acclaimed essays, he earned a reputation of a man who was willing to sacrifice for the sake of attaining a greater truth. An Apology for Raymond Sebond is a witty defense of a long-forgotten treatise on Natural Theology. Magnificently structured, it is a masterpiece of Counter-Reformation and Renaissance argument that uses Montaigne’s keen sense of irony to help probe the meaning of being.