THEMES: The significance of the essay form. Montaigne's
life and early retirement. The problem of defining the self in a world of change.
The forces shaping the intellectual environment of the sixteenth century. Inward
looking and outward looking strategies of representation. Faith and reason in
Montaigne's philosophy. Montaigne's style as a mirror of his personality and his
READINGS: Essays, "To the reader," Book I, 21, 26, 27, 31, 47, Book II, 17, Book III, 2, 6, 13.
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