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Author Hartle, Ann.

Title Montaigne and the Origins of Modern Philosophy / Ann Hartle.

Publication Info. Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, [2013]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (238 pages)
text file
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents Reversing Aristotle -- Sticking to the old ways : Montaigne and sacred tradition -- The philosophical act (I) : judgment -- The philosophical act (II) : ending in experience -- Overcoming natural mastery -- The primacy of the private and the origins of a free society -- The character of the free individual -- Conclusion : the invisibility of philosophy and the light of the good.
Summary Montaigne's Essays are rightfully studied as giving birth to the literary form of that name. This book argues that the essay is the perfect expression of Montaigne as what he called "a new figure: an unpremeditated and accidental philosopher." Unpremeditated philosophy is philosophy made sociable - brought down from the heavens to the street, where it might be engaged in by a wider audience. In the same philosophical act, Montaigne both transforms philosophy and invents "society," a distinctly modern form of association. Through this transformation, a new, modern character emerges: the individual, who is neither master nor slave and who possesses the new virtues of integrity and generosity. In Montaigne's radically new philosophical project, the author finds intimations of both modern epistemology and modern political philosophy
Local Note Project Muse Project Muse Open Access
Access Open Access Unrestricted online access
Language English.
Subject Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592.
Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592. Essais.
Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592 -- Philosophy.
Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592 -- Political and social views.
Political and social views.
Philosophy in literature.
PHILOSOPHY -- General.
Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge.
Philosophie dans la litterature.
Philosophy in literature.
Essais (Montaigne, Michel de)
Genre/Form Electronic books. .
Added Author Project Muse, distributor.
ISBN 9780810129658