Synopsis In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience.
Montaigne wrote three books of Essays. (“Essay” was an original name for this kind of work; it became an appreciated genre soon after.) Three main editions are recognized: 1580 (at this stage, only the first two books were written), 1588, and 1595.
A selection of philosophy texts by philosophers of the early modern period, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought. Texts include the writings of Hume, Descartes, Bacon, Berkeley, Newton, Locke, Mill, Edwards, Kant, Leibniz, Malebranche, Spinoza, Hobbes, and Reid.
Years of tireless and devoted effort have gone into the preparation of this new translation of Montaigne, the first since that of Charles Cotton in 1670. Florio’s translation, which had preceded Cotton’s, was published in 1603, was reissued in 1613 and 1632, and has been reprinted a number of times within the past forty or fifty years, but always without modification of the language.
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