Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude PDF Book Detail Author: Etienne De La Boetie
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781722416454
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 146

Book Description
Discourse on Voluntary Servitude Discours sur la servitude volontaire Étienne de La Boétie Michel de Montaigne succeeded his father at the court of Périgueux just before this court was merged with the one at Bordeaux. When in September, 1561, Montaigne began his judicial functions in Bordeaux, La Boétie had already served the tribunal there for eight years. It was natural for Montaigne, who was two years younger, to look up to the colleague whose tract on Voluntary Servitude he had already read in manuscript... We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude PDF Book Detail Author: Etienne de La Boetie
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ISBN: 9781542646123
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 34

Book Description
Discourse on Voluntary ServitudeDiscours sur la servitude volontaire�tienne de La Bo�tieLa Bo�tie's essay against dictators makes stirring reading. A clear analysis of how tyrants get power and maintain it, its simple assumption is that real power always lies in the hands of the people and that they can free themselves from a despot by an act of will unaccompanied by any gesture of violence. The astounding fact about this tract is that in 1948 it was four hundred years old. One would seek hard to find any writing of current times that strips the sham from dictators more vigorously. Better than many modern political thinkers, its author not only reveals the contemptible nature of dictatorships, but he goes on to show, as is aptly stated by the exiled Borgese, "that all servitude is voluntary and the slave is more despicable than the tyrant is hateful." No outraged cry from the past or present points the moral more clearly that Rome was worthy of her Nero, and by inference, Europe of her present little strutters and the agony in which they have engulfed their world. So appropriate to our day is this courageous essay that one's amazement is aroused by the fact that a youth of eighteen really wrote it four centuries ago, with such far-sighted wisdom that his words can resound today as an ever-echoing demand for what is still dearest to mankind.

The Will to Bondage

The Will to Bondage PDF Book Detail Author: Estienne de La Boétie
Publisher: Ralph Myles Pub
ISBN:
Category : Liberty
Languages : en
Pages : 134

Book Description
Includes bibliography: p. 7-12 and bibliographical references.

The Will to Bondage

The Will to Bondage PDF Book Detail Author:
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 134

Book Description

Voluntary Servitude and the Erotics of Friendship

Voluntary Servitude and the Erotics of Friendship PDF Book Detail Author: Marc D. Schachter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351874187
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 242

Book Description
Focusing primarily on three early modern French authors, this book explores the erotics and politics of "voluntary servitude" in classical antiquity and the early modern period. These authors-Étienne de La Boétie, Michel de Montaigne, and Marie de Gournay-pursue related inquiries into voluntary servitude and self-control in marriage, friendship, pederasty and politics. Marc Schachter shows how Montaigne's intimate textual relationship with La Boétie provides him the opportunity to honor his beloved friend while transforming many of his ideas. Similarly, Marie de Gournay's editorial voluntary servitude to Montaigne provides her the occasion to authorize her own practice as a woman author and to engage critically with Montaigne's ideas even as she celebrates her friendship with him. Schachter's analyses are pursued particularly through the lens of Michel Foucualt's concept of governmentality which, like voluntary servitude, operates on three interrelated scales: self-control, control in interpersonal relationships, and political control. Schachter argues that thinking about the function of voluntary servitude through the lens of governmentality leads to a more nuanced understanding both of Foucault's late work and of the transformational possibilities offered by friendship and voluntary servitude in early modern France.

Freedom Over Servitude

Freedom Over Servitude PDF Book Detail Author: Michael P. Platt
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313305276
Category : Political Science
Languages : en
Pages : 252

Book Description
Examines the relationship between Montaigne's Essays, one of the classic works of the French philosophical and literary traditions, and the writings attributed by Montaigne to his friend, the French "humanist" Etienne de la Boetie.

Politics and Politiques in Sixteenth Century France

Politics and    Politiques  in Sixteenth Century France PDF Book Detail Author: Emma Claussen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108844170
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 320

Book Description
Explores conceptions of politics in early modern France, and the controversies the word 'politique' attracted during the Wars of Religion.

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude PDF Book Detail Author: Etienne de La Boetie
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 1603849122
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 96

Book Description
An elegant English version of La Boetie's Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, which is both a key to understanding much of Montaigne and a major piece of early modern political thought. --Timothy Hampton, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Montaigne

Montaigne PDF Book Detail Author: Philippe Desan
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691183007
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 832

Book Description
One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreating to his chateau and stoically detaching himself from his violent times? Philippe Desan overturns this long standing myth by showing that Montaigne was constantly connected to and concerned with realizing his political ambitions—and that the literary and philosophical character of the Essays largely depends on them. Desan shows how Montaigne conceived of each edition of the Essays as an indispensable prerequisite to the next stage of his public career. It was only after his political failure that Montaigne took refuge in literature, and even then it was his political experience that enabled him to find the right tone for his genre. The most comprehensive and authoritative biography of Montaigne yet written, this sweeping narrative offers a fascinating new picture of his life and work.

The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe

The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe PDF Book Detail Author: Warren Boutcher
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019106601X
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 480

Book Description
This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne's Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern western university. Volume one focuses on contexts from within Montaigne's own milieu, and on the ways in which his book made him a patron-author or instant classic in the eyes of his editor Marie de Gournay and his promoter Justus Lipsius. Volume two focuses on the reader-writers across Europe who used the Essais to make their own works, from corrected editions and translations in print, to life-writing and personal records in manuscript. The two volumes work together to offer a new picture of the book's significance in literary and intellectual history. Montaigne's is now usually understood to be the school of late humanism or of Pyrrhonian scepticism. This study argues that the school of Montaigne potentially included everyone in early modern Europe with occasion and means to read and write for themselves and for their friends and family, unconstrained by an official function or scholastic institution. For the Essais were shaped by a battle that had intensified since the Reformation and that would continue through to the pre-Enlightenment period. It was a battle to regulate the educated individual's judgement in reading and acting upon the two books bequeathed by God to man. The book of scriptures and the book of nature were becoming more accessible through print and manuscript cultures. But at the same time that access was being mediated more intensively by teachers such as clerics and humanists, by censors and institutions, by learned authors of past and present, and by commentaries and glosses upon those authors. Montaigne enfranchised the unofficial reader-writer with liberties of judgement offered and taken in the specific historical conditions of his era. The study draws on new ways of approaching literary history through the history of the book and of reading. The Essais are treated as a mobile, transnational work that travelled from Bordeaux to Paris and beyond to markets in other countries from England and Switzerland, to Italy and the Low Countries. Close analysis of editions, paratexts, translations, and annotated copies is informed by a distinct concept of the social context of a text. The concept is derived from anthropologist Alfred Gell's notion of the 'art nexus': the specific types of actions and agency relations mediated by works of art understood as 'indexes' that give rise to inferences of particular kinds. Throughout the two volumes the focus is on the particular nexus in which a copy, an edition, an extract, is embedded, and on the way that nexus might be described by early-modern people.