Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers: Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais (Paperback)

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Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers: Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais (Paperback)

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In his Essais, Montaigne stresses that his theoretical interest in philosophy goes hand in hand with its practicality. In fact, he makes it clear that there is little reason to live our lives according to doctrine without proof that others have successfully done so. Understanding Montaigne's philosophical thought, therefore, means not only studying the philosophies of the great thinkers, but also the characters and ways of life of the philosophers themselves. The focus of Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers: Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais is how Montaigne assembled the lives of the philosophers on the pages of his Essais in order to grapple with two fundamental aims of his project: first, to transform the teaching of moral philosophy, and next, to experiment with a transverse construction of his self. Both of these objectives grew out of a dialogue with the structure and content in the life writing of Plutarch and Diogenes Laertius, authors whose books were bestsellers during the essayist's lifetime.
Alison Calhoun is assistant professor of French at Indiana University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781611495539
ISBN-10: 1611495539
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication Date: August 29th, 2016
Pages: 216
Language: English