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Essaying Montaigne:: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading

John O'Neill


The author reads Michel de Montaigne's Essays from their central principle of friendship as a communicative and pedagogical practice operative in society, literature, and politics. The friendship between Michel de Montaigne and Étienne de La Boétie was ruled neither by plenitude nor lack, but by a capacity for recognition and transitivity. As an essayist, Montaigne is an exemplary practitioner of a technique of difference and recognition that puts all certainties of history, philosophy, and culture in the balance of weighted comparison. The essayist reveals how every absolute subjectivity or a ... More

Keywords: Essays, friendship, history, philosophy, culture, politics, gender, race, Michel de Montaigne, Étienne de La Boétie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780853239963
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313059


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John O'Neill, author