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Montaigne: Steps Toward Wisdom   

The French essayist Michel de Montaigne has remained a source of comfort and insight in troubled times for centuries after his death in 1592. He brought an inquiring mind to a time of plague and civil war, and he invented a literary form – the personal essay – to explore his own nature, and in that way, human nature. Contemplating death, he advanced toward a philosophy of living. In this class we will study selected essays in a robust translation by the Cambridge scholar M. A. Screech, available in a Kindle edition for about $10 or a paperback for about $18 (ISBN# 0140446028 or ISBN# 978-0140446029). The class will also touch very briefly on Montaigne as a figure of the French Renaissance, a near contemporary of Erasmus and Rabelais.


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