Education, religion, scepticism, politics, friendship, sex, and style – Montaigne’s major themes are revealed here in the making of a text that practises freedom of thought by putting it to the test. This is an audacious close reading of the Essays and a demonstration of how Montaigne’s great book continues to speak to the present.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2017. X, 234 pp.
Contents: The Spirit of the Essais – Opening Moves – An Education in Free-Thinking – An Introduction to Essaying
– Two Cheers for Free-Thinking – Two Freedoms – Of Free-Thinking and Friendship – Of Keeping Your Freedom Alive – The
Future of the Essais.