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Apology For Raymond Sebond, An : Penguin Classics - Michel Montaigne

Apology For Raymond Sebond, An

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st January 1988
ISBN: 9780140444933
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 18+ years old

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An Apology for Raymond Sebond is widely regarded as the greatest of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on natural theology, it was inspired by the deep crisis of personal melancholy that followed the death of Montaigne's own father in 1568, and explores contemporary Christianity in prose that is witty and frequently damning. As he searches for the true meaning of faith, Montaigne is heavily critical of the arrogant tendency of mankind to create God in its own image, and offers his personal reflections on the true role of man, the need to eschew personal arrogance, and the vital importance of faith if we are to understand our place in the universe. Wise, perceptive and remarkably informed, this is one of the true masterpieces of the essay form.

Montaigne: Life and Times
The Apology
Notes on the Text
Selected Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources
Apology for Raymond Sebondp. 1
Sebond and His Treatisep. 1
First Objection against Sebond, and Montaigne's Replyp. 3
Second Objection against Sebond, and Montaigne's Replyp. 10
The Vanity of Man's Knowledge without Godp. 12
Man Is No Better than the Beastsp. 15
Man's Knowledge Cannot Make Him Happyp. 48
Man's Knowledge Cannot Make Him Goodp. 58
Man Has No Knowledgep. 62
Man's Claims to Knowledge Are Defectivep. 121
The Senses Are Inadequatep. 148
Changing Man Cannot Know Changing or Unchanging Thingsp. 161
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ISBN: 9780140444933
ISBN-10: 0140444939
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 1988
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1