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6. America

6. America  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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What did Montaigne think of the New World? “America” looks at two of his essays, “On Coaches” and “On Cruelty.” Montaigne saw virtue as a sliding scale, seeing natural goodness, including ... More
9. Death and the good life

9. Death and the good life  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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For Montaigne death forms part of any life that is worth living. “Death and the good life” considers Montaigne’s writing and thought on the end of life and on living life. Montaigne is ... More
4. Fields of medieval philosophy

4. Fields of medieval philosophy  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Fields of medieval philosophy’ considers how logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion were ... More
8. Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)

8. Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Most people take it for granted that some future events are contingent, but ‘Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)’ considers the ‘problem of prescience’, which arises when an ... More
5. Free and sociable solitude

5. Free and sociable solitude  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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How does Montaigne’s early essay “On Solitude” fit with his sociable nature and public profile? “Free and sociable solitude” describes the qualities of Montaigne’s ideal solitude. He argued ... More
4. Friendship, family, love

4. Friendship, family, love  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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“Friendship, family, love” locates some of Montaigne’s pronouncements on these topics in a Renaissance context. At the time, the word amitié covered a broader spectrum of love than ... More
5. Institutions and literary forms

5. Institutions and literary forms  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Institutions and literary forms’ explains how the history of Latin Christian philosophy is strikingly different from the other three traditions, because so much of the best work took place ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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For many, Thomas Aquinas is almost a synonym for medieval philosophy, locating it in Western Europe and principally from the early 13th to the mid-14th century. Medieval philosophy is also ... More
3. Learning for living

3. Learning for living  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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“Learning for living” explores Montaigne’s thoughts on education. While he was a voracious reader who believed in absolute truths, for Montaigne the greatest victories were found in ... More
2. A map of earlier medieval philosophy

2. A map of earlier medieval philosophy  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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‘A map of earlier medieval philosophy’ outlines the development of medieval philosophy in its different traditions beginning with the Platonic schools of late antiquity. The five ... More
3. A map of later medieval philosophy

3. A map of later medieval philosophy  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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‘A map of later medieval philosophy’ charts the development of medieval philosophy from the year 1200, which marks an important break across all four traditions, to the 17th century. Latin ... More
7. Mind, body, and mortality (Averroes and Pomponazzi)

7. Mind, body, and mortality (Averroes and Pomponazzi)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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The contemporary problem of mind and body differs from the Aristotelian and medieval discussion because of the Aristotelian framework within which most medieval thinkers thought about mind ... More
2. Montaigne’s life: a sketch

2. Montaigne’s life: a sketch  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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“Montaigne’s life—a sketch” covers Montaigne’s culturally rich childhood and his profound friendship with the poet Étienne de La Boétie in early adulthood, which was curtailed by La ... More
7. Providential diversity

7. Providential diversity  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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Montaigne delighted in diversity, but did he prioritize it over sameness? “Providential diversity” covers his writings that warn against the human tendency to judge what is unfamiliar as ... More
8. Skepticism

8. Skepticism  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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How does the identification of Montaigne as a skeptic coexist with his Roman Catholic beliefs and practice? “Skepticism” classifies the Montaignian approach as “Pyrrhonist”—a school of ... More
9. Society and the best life (Ibn Ṭufayl and Dante)

9. Society and the best life (Ibn Ṭufayl and Dante)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Arguably, the fundamental question in ethics is: what is the best life in the sense of flourishing as a human being? This question leads to another: what is the relation between an ... More
6. Universals (Avicenna and Abelard)

6. Universals (Avicenna and Abelard)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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There is a core question about universals, which perplexed ancient and medieval thinkers, and still exercises philosophers today. Some things in the world are the same, not by being ... More
10. Why medieval philosophy?

10. Why medieval philosophy?  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Why medieval philosophy?’ considers why anyone should be bothered to learn about medieval philosophy. Very few people—philosophers and non-philosophers alike—do know much about this period ... More
1. Writing oneself

1. Writing oneself  

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne: A Very Short Introduction

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Did Montaigne invent the essay? “Writing oneself” reminds us that Montaigne was not the first author to add personal experience and reflection to nonfiction writing. Montaigne loved the ... More

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