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Montaigne (1994)

by Peter Burke

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Montaigne created a new literary genre - the essay - and his own essays, still compulsively readable today, had a widespread influence on thought and literature in the Renaissance and beyond. He puts forward unconventional views on a wide variety of subjects, including miracles, kings,animals, war, toleration, sex, and witches. A serene, ironic observer of the human comedy, Montaigne was intrigued by human diversity, and (unlike most of his contemporaries) prepared to take private life as seriously as public life.Montaigne has too often been treated as a 'modern' born out of his time. Peter Burke replaces him in his cultural context, and shows what Montaigne had in common with his contemporaries as well as how he differed from them. He describes the reactions of posterity to the Essays, which have appealedto a wide variety of writers and thinkers, from Bacon to Montesquieu, from Nietzsche to Levi-Strauss, and asks whether Montaigne can in any sense be considered our contemporary.… (more)
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Mooie inleiding op zowat de beste schrijver van de post-Renaissance-periode. ( )
  bookomaniac | Aug 18, 2010 |
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Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was een filosoof met een sceptische belangstelling voor zijn medemensen en zichzelf, die tolerantie preekte in een tijd dat Frankrijk werd verscheurd door godsdienstoorlogen. Het boekje van de Engelse historicus Peter Burke geeft een goed geschreven thematische inleiding in Montaigne's hoofdwerk, de Essais, waarbij onder andere aan bod komen diens visie op godsdienst, politiek, psychologie, etnografie, geschiedenis en esthetiek. Burke's bijdrage is van een toegankelijkheid die de grens van onnodige popularisering soms overschrijdt, maar biedt toch een goede inleiding tot Montaigne's gedachtegoed. De vertaling is vlot maar hier en daar wat onbenullig (de vertaalster weet bijvoorbeeld niet dat waar men in het Engels de Romeinse naam 'Terence' schrijft, wij in het Nederlands 'Terentius' schrijven). Geschikt voor een breed publiek met een redelijke algemeen ontwikkeling. Deeltje uit een reeks van inleidingen op belangrijke filosofen. ( )
  JeroenBerndsen | Jan 24, 2008 |
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Montaigne created a new literary genre - the essay - and his own essays, still compulsively readable today, had a widespread influence on thought and literature in the Renaissance and beyond. He puts forward unconventional views on a wide variety of subjects, including miracles, kings,animals, war, toleration, sex, and witches. A serene, ironic observer of the human comedy, Montaigne was intrigued by human diversity, and (unlike most of his contemporaries) prepared to take private life as seriously as public life.Montaigne has too often been treated as a 'modern' born out of his time. Peter Burke replaces him in his cultural context, and shows what Montaigne had in common with his contemporaries as well as how he differed from them. He describes the reactions of posterity to the Essays, which have appealedto a wide variety of writers and thinkers, from Bacon to Montesquieu, from Nietzsche to Levi-Strauss, and asks whether Montaigne can in any sense be considered our contemporary.

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