Montaigne and the Art of Conversation

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The Commonwealth Club
06:00 PM
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Timothy Hampton, Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French, and Director, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley 
Monday Night Philosophy returns to Michel de Montaigne, the inventor of the essay and the greatest philosopher of the Renaissance, who is often imagined to be a solitary figure, lost in his library, writing to himself. However, his understanding of the practice of philosophy and the cultivation of the self were deeply social and tied to the give and take of debate and disputation among friends. Hampton's talk — his "conversation" — will focus on one of Montaigne's greatest essays, "On the Art of Conversation." It will place the essay in Montaigne's thought, and in the tradition of "philosophical conversation" that underpins the humanist tradition in the European West. Conversation with and about the essay will be welcome.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program MLF: Humanities Program Organizer: George Hammond
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  1. The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA