Apology for Raymond Sebond

ISBN-10: 0872206793
ISBN-13: 9780872206793
Edition: 2003
Description: Under the pretence of defending an obscure treatise by a Catalan theologian, Montaigne attacks the philosophers who attempt rational explanations of the universe and argues for a sceptical Christianity based squarely on faith rather than reason. The  More...
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Copyright Year: 2003
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication Date: 9/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Under the pretence of defending an obscure treatise by a Catalan theologian, Montaigne attacks the philosophers who attempt rational explanations of the universe and argues for a sceptical Christianity based squarely on faith rather than reason. The result is the Apology for Raymond Sebond, a classic of Counter-Reformation thought and a masterpiece of Renaissance literature. This new translation achieves both accuracy and fluency, conveying at once the nuances of Montaigne's arguments and his distinctive literary style.

Michel de Montaigne was born in Chateau de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France. He received his early education at the College de Guyenne in Bordeaux and studied law at Bordeaux and Toulouse, becoming a counselor of the Court des Aides of Perigueaux, the Bordeaux Parliament and, in 1561, at the court of Charles IX. In 1565, Montaigne married Francoise de la Chassaigne. They raised one daughter, with four other children dying in infancy. He lived the life as a country gentleman and traveled extensively through Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Montaigne was a moderate Roman Catholic and an advocate of toleration, acting as an intermediary between Henry of Navarre and the court party. As a result, in 1588, he was arrested by members of the Protestant League and thrown into the Bastille for several hours. His work Essais established the essay as a new literary form and influenced both French and English writers; it was quoted by William Shakespeare and imitated by Francis Bacon. Michel de Montaigne died on September 13, 1592 at his chateau in France.

Introduction
Montaigne: Life and Times
The Apology
Notes on the Text
Selected Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources
Apology for Raymond Sebond
Sebond and His Treatise
First Objection against Sebond, and Montaigne's Reply
Second Objection against Sebond, and Montaigne's Reply
The Vanity of Man's Knowledge without God
Man Is No Better than the Beasts
Man's Knowledge Cannot Make Him Happy
Man's Knowledge Cannot Make Him Good
Man Has No Knowledge
Man's Claims to Knowledge Are Defective
The Senses Are Inadequate
Changing Man Cannot Know Changing or Unchanging Things

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