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Freedom Over Servitude (inbunden)

Freedom Over Servitude

Montaigne, La Boetie, and On Voluntary Servitude

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This volume contains five articles by prominent scholars of French literature and political philosophy that examine the relation between Montaigne's Essays, one of the classic works of the French philosophical and literary traditions, and the writings attributed by Montaigne to his friend, the French humanist Etienne de La Boetie's. Three contributors to the volume suggest that Montaigne was the real author of the revolutionary tract On Voluntary Servitude, along with the other works he attributed to La Boetie's. Two contributors describe the remarkable mathematical and/or mythological patterns found in both the Essays and the works ascribed to La Boetie's. Several essays articulate the revolutionary political teaching found in the Essays as well as On Voluntary Servitude, challenging the conventional view of Montaigne as a political conservative. And all the contributors challenge the received view that he was an artless or nonchalant writer. The volume also includes new translations of both On Voluntary Servitude and the 29 Sonnets of Etienne de La Boetie that Montaigne included in all editions of the Essays except the final one. An important work for students and scholars of political philosophy, Renaissance history, and French and comparative literature.
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"This book of essays clarifies the political inspiration of Montaigne's Essais. Insofar as the Essais were the breviary of the eighteenth century philosophes who provided the conceptual ground for the American and French Revolutions, it cannot be underscored enough that Montaigne's politics continue to exert influence on our lives and times. The scholars contributing to this volume demonstrate that Etienne de la Boetie's terse pamphlet that sketched out a logic of tyrannicide was not a piece of juvenile rhetoric. It was a precocious tract with which Montaigne shared strong affiliation....No student of the relation of politics and aesthetics in early modern Europe will fail to profit from the careful and inspired work of the authors."-Tom Conley Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Harvard University "In this book the political views of Montaigne are analyzed in a most profitable and provocative way. Scholars will have to reconsider the common assumption which tends to paint Montaigne as a conservative. Overall we have here a collaborative endeavour which will challenge accepted readings of Montaigne and La Boetie."-Philippe Desan Howard L. Willett Professor of History of Culture Associate Dean, Humanities Division University of Chicago

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DAVID LEWIS SCHAEFER is Professor of Political Science at Holy Cross College. Among his previous publications are The Political Philosophy of Montaigne (1990) and his co-edited Sir Henry Taylor's The Statesman (Praeger, 1992).


Preface Montaigne and La Boetie by David Lewis Schaefer Friendship and Tyranny by Michael Platt The Vanishing Center by Randolph Runyon Smoke and Mirrors by REgine Reynolds-Cornell Montaigne, Author of On Voluntary Servitude by Daniel Martin Appendix I: Translation of On Voluntary Servitude Appendix II: Translation of The Twenty-Nine Sonnets Bibliography Index