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Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics

Douglas I. Thompson


Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics provides a new interpretation of Michel de Montaigne’s Essais in the context of his activity as a political negotiator between combatant parties during the French Wars of Religion. At the heart of the Essais lies a political conception of tolerance that is rarely considered today. Tolerance is usually conceived as an individual ethical disposition or a moral principle of public law. For Montaigne, tolerance is instead a political capacity: the power and ability to negotiate relationships of basic trust and civil peace with one’s opponents in political co ... More

Keywords: Michel de Montaigne, Essais, tolerance, wars of religion, negotiation, conflict, politics, polarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190679934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190679934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas I. Thompson, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina