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Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently$
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Steven Rendall

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151807.001.0001

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(p.113) 7 Conclusions
Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently

Steven Rendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter inquires into the significance of Montaigne's claim that he adds but does not correct as a statement of a textual norm. When it is read in context, it is clear that the point is that subsequent editions of the text do not supersede or replace earlier ones so much as incorporate and extend them. This chapter tries to formulate some of these implications, and suggests that they constitute an ethics of writing or publishing that echoes throughout the Essais and challenges traditional ways of reading them. One can say that the text enacts passage ‘itself’, the movement of difference and deferral that repeatedly divides the present and postpones every conclusion.

Keywords:   context, ethics of writing, Essais

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