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Is Montaigne a Utopian?

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Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 9)

Abstract

While discussing the subject of this conference with Professor Backhaus, he kindly drew my attention to White’s Famous Utopias (1946). After ordering the book I discovered that White considers Montaigne and Shakespeare as utopian authors. This is unusual. I did not find these authors in previous books on, or surveys of, utopian writers. They are also absent in similar, recent works. I even consulted the Dictionary of Literary Utopias (Fortunati and Trousson 2004), but no mention of Montaigne. In this note, I challenge White’s opinion and I try to substantiate my own point of view.

Keywords

French Literature Nous Sommes Previous Book French Poet Sceptical Philosopher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DeurleBelgium

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