Rejecting Society: Misanthropy, Friendship and Montaigne

  title={Rejecting Society: Misanthropy, Friendship and Montaigne},
  author={Derek Edyvane},
  journal={Res Publica},
Widespread misanthropy, understood as the disposition to reject society, is at once a permanent source of instability and injustice, and yet also a valuable support of cherished liberal practices, such as toleration. We must seek therefore to ‘civilise’ the misanthropic temper. Michel de Montaigne provides an instructive case study in this context, for he successfully moderated his misanthropy by his conviviality and friendship. The non-conditional character of Montaignean friendship functions… 
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