Essays

Paperback | July 1, 1993

byMichel de MontaigneTranslated byJohn M. CohenIntroduction byJohn M. Cohen

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Reflections by the creator of the essay form display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes. Included are such celebrated works as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."

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What does it mean to be free? How much control over our daily lives should we cede to the government? How far have we really come from the "state of nature"? Montaigne took on these hard questions and many others during his lifetime of writing, and his Collected Essays brings his reflections and wisdom together. All the essays are beau...

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Reflections by the creator of the essay form display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes. Included are such celebrated works as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."

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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.'

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.73 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014017897X

ISBN - 13:9780140178975

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

EssaysIntroduction
To the Reader

Book One
7. That our actions should be judged by our intentions
8. On idleness
9. On liars
10. That no man should be called happy until after his death
21. On the power of the imagination
22. That one man's profit is another's loss
26. On the education of children
27. That it is folly to measure truth and error by our own capacity
28. On friendship
31. On cannibals
36. On the custom of wearing clothes
47. On the uncertainty of our judgement
50. On Democritus and Heraclitus
55. On smells

Book Two
8. On the affection of fathers for their children
10. On books
11. On cruelty
17. On presumption
28. All things have their season
32. A defence of Seneca and Plutarch

Book Three
2. On repentance
3. On three kinds of relationships
6. On vehicles
8. On the art of conversation
12. On physiognomy
13. On experience

From Our Editors

What does it mean to be free? How much control over our daily lives should we cede to the government? How far have we really come from the "state of nature"? Montaigne took on these hard questions and many others during his lifetime of writing, and his Collected Essays brings his reflections and wisdom together. All the essays are beautifully translated into lively, crisp language that preserves the flair and rich personality of Montaigne's work, and the book is bound in an attractive Penguin edition that will grace any bookshelf. Don't miss the chance to own this collection of wonderful essays that no modern reader should have to make do without.