Mega Dose
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | September 30, 2014

    Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



    One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Philosophy- General

More copies of this ISBN

Montaigne: Essays

by

Montaigne: Essays Cover

ISBN13: 9780140440836
ISBN10: 0140440836
Condition: Underlined
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Living at a time of religious strife and the decline of the intellectual optimism that had begun in the Renaissance, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) expressed in his writings both a deep skepticism about human affairs and a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity reflective of the age. Having witnessed firsthand the bloody armed conflicts, fanaticism, and persecutions that arose out of religious differences between French Catholics and Protestant Huguenots, Montaigne was especially skeptical about human claims to knowledge. For this reason he published not systematic philosophy but mere attempts at knowledge, essays in understanding, or essais, as he called them in French. He thus inaugurated a new literary genre that proved to be very influential. Despite his skepticism, Montaigne realized that the intellectual horizon of his day was full of exciting new developments. The New World had only recently been discovered, and explorers to many parts of the hitherto undiscovered world were bringing back reports of strange lands, people, and customs. At the same time, the intellectual discoveries of the Renaissance had uncovered the powerful works of ancient Greek and Latin authors, and science, still in its infancy, was beginning to ask important new questions. The essays reflect all these interests, plus a refreshing honesty about the frailties of human nature. Montaigne writes about vanity, the value of friendship, constancy, idleness, liars, virtue, cowardice, prognostication, cannibals, the greatness of Rome, That to Study Philosophy Is to Learn to Die, and a host of other topics. Filled with insights and keen observations that have inspired later writers as diverse as Shakespeare,Bacon, Voltaire, Rousseau, Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, and Roland Barthes, the Essays of Montaigne should be on the shelf of every student, scholar, and book lover.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

danceswithanxiety, July 12, 2010 (view all comments by danceswithanxiety)
This translation is, to my ears, the most modern-sounding and succint -- better than the more common Cotton translation.

Whatever the translation, Montaigne is absolutely essential reading for our members of our species.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140440836
Author:
Montaigne, Michel De
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Author:
Cohen, John M.
Author:
Montaigne, Michel de
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19590130
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
French
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Renaissance Philosophy of Man:... Used Trade Paper $13.95
  2. Leviathan (Penguin Classics) Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. Novum Organum: With Other Parts of... New Trade Paper $44.25
  4. The Consolation of Philosophy Used Mass Market $3.50
  5. Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics) Used Trade Paper $5.95
  6. Selected political writings Used Trade Paper $6.50

Related Subjects

Montaigne: Essays Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.50 In Stock
Product details 416 pages Viking Penguin - English 9780140440836 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.