Theology & Philosophy

Liberty and Responsibility in Montaigne’s “Essays”


Published in 1580, Michel de Montaigne’s Essays is a key text of early modern liberalism. This conference investigated Montaigne’s defense of a liberal order and of toleration, his investigations into tyranny and the human longing for grandeur and transcendence, and his discussions of virtue and the importance of self-knowledge.


Conference Readings

Montaigne. The Complete Essays of Montaigne. Translated by Donald M. Frame. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1958.