Gauna, Max Books

About the author: Max Gauna is Reader in French Studies in the University of Sheffield. He has published critical editions of Jacques Tahureau’s Dialogues and Bonaventure des Périers’s controversial Cymbalum Mundi, and written books on Montaigne, Rabelais, and free thought in French Renaissance literature.

Montaigne and the Ethics of Compassion
2000 0-7734-7706-3
This study establishes that the Essais are the vehicle of a coherent ethical system whose principles generate valid and genuinely innovative ethical conclusions, expounded in the body of Montaigne’s text. It also suggests that certain features of Montaigne’s ethics have much to offer our own age. “Gauna’s study is challenging and manages to be both provocative and persuasive. His range of reference to both pre- and post- Montaignean ethical thought is impressive as also are the vigour and clarity of his expression. . . It is a contribution to Montaigne studies which deserves to find its way onto many booklists and bookshelves, both public and private.” – Pauline M. Smith