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Montaigne's politics : authority and governance in the Essais

Author: Biancamaria Fontana
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2008.
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Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) is principally known today as a literary figure--the inventor of the modern essay and the pioneer of autobiographical self-exploration who retired from politics in midlife to write his private, philosophical, and apolitical Essais. But, as Biancamaria Fontana argues in Montaigne's Politics, a novel, vivid account of the political meaning of the Essais in the context of Montaigne's life  Read more...
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Fontana, Biancamaria.
Montaigne's politics.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008
(DLC) 2007003796
(OCoLC)81150469
Named Person: Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel Eyquem de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Biancamaria Fontana
ISBN: 9781400824519 1400824516
OCLC Number: 642205764
Description: 1 online resource (205 p.)
Contents: The spirit of the laws --
In a leaden century : the decline of virtue --
Freedom of conscience : the politics of toleration --
Freedom of conscience : governing opinion --
Turning the tide : trust and legitimacy --
Learning from experience : politics as practice --
Conclusion: Montaigne's legacy.
Responsibility: Biancamaria Fontana.

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Gives an account of the political meaning of the "Essais" in the context of Montaigne's life and times. This work argues, Montaigne's "Essais" very much reflect his ongoing involvement and  Read more...

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"Drawing on the historical research of Geralde Nakam and others, [Fontana] illuminates the political dimension of the work by reading it against precise contexts... A more historically grounded Read more...

 
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