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Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking

Richard Scholar

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.

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.