Montaigne: Life Without Law

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Montaigne: Life Without Law

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In Montaigne: Life without Law, originally published in French in 2014 and now translated for the first time into English by Paul Seaton, Pierre Manent provides a careful reading of Montaigne s three-volume work Essays. Although Montaigne s writings resist easy analysis, Manent finds in them a subtle unity, and demonstrates the philosophical depth of Montaigne s reflections and the distinctive, even radical, character of his central ideas. To show Montaigne s unique contribution to modern philosophy, Manent compares his work to other modern thinkers, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Pascal, and Rousseau. What does human life look like without the imposing presence of the state? asks Manent. In raising this question about Montaigne s Essays, Manent poses a question of great relevance to our contemporary situation. He argues that Montaigne s philosophical reflections focused on what he famously called la condition humaine, the human condition. Manent tracks Montai