About the author: Zsolt Almasi is Senior Lecturer of English Renaissance Literature at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary. He received his M.A.’s in English Literature and in Philosophy, furthermore his Ph.D. from the Eötvös Leránd University, Hungary. He has published articles on William Shakespeare and on Renaissance philosophy. He is currently working on a project on Francis Bacon, which includes the translation of some of Bacon’s key writings into Hungarian and writing articles.2004 0-7734-6408-5
Aims at reconciling “custom”, i.e. individual and social fixed patterns of behavior and human freedom, i.e. choice based on the use of reason to the extent that is allowed by the analysis of texts written in English in Early Modern England. The analysis, thus, focuses on the different but still related notions of “custom” as they appeared in the works of Wilkinson and Montaigne.
This multidisciplinary approach, i.e. the combination of philosophy, literary studies and emblem studies opens new perspectives on the interpretation of Early Modern texts, and cultural phenomena.