The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Center Book Club: Montaigne on Happiness

Mon, September 17, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please note the change in reading! By popular demand, we have switched from Gilgamesh to Montaigne.

One of the first and greatest masters of the essay, the Renaissance statesman, author, and skeptic Michel de Montaigne had a profound influence on subsequent European philosophy and literature. His essays are an extended meditation on human nature and the art of living, and a terrific introduction to the question of what we should hope for in our lives, and what role study and thinking can play in achieving that.

For this seminar, we are going to read two essays, "Not to Judge of Our Happiness Till After Death," and "That to Study Philosophy is to Learn to Die.” The essays are available online here:
 
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3600/3600-h/3600-h.htm
 
We are lucky to have Professor Lorraine Pangle leading this discussion. It should be excellent.

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