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By Hassan Melehy

Combining literary concept and historical past with exact textual research, Melehy examines a sequence of occasions on the outset of modernity related to either literature and philosophy. throughout the paintings of Michel de Montaigne and Rene Descartes, Melehy considers the query of the root of the human topic, within the context of latest debates in literature and philosophy. Montaigne, via writing, examines the numerous probabilities of subjective adventure, and unearths that the topic takes form in writing. Descartes involves the topic looking for a precept to avoid the uncertainty of language - "I imagine, for this reason i'm, " the cogito. yet Descartes, Melehy indicates, needs to always depend upon literary units, at the homes of language whose results he's so wanting to break out - additionally deploying the units to cover the truth that they permeate his paintings.

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