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Philippe Desan is Howard L. Willett Professor of French and History of Culture at the University of Chicago. Originally from France, Dr. Desan is among the top Montaigne scholars alive today. He received his PhD from the University of California Davis (1984), and has published widely on several topics pertaining to the literature and culture of the French Renaissance, often in relation to their economic, political and sociological context. At the University of Chicago, he has served as Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division and as Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He is s the general editor of the Montaigne Studies. He has been awarded numerous honors for his scholarly work, including being named Knight of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (1994) and awarded the Ordre National du Mérite (2004). He has also received the Prix de l'Académie Française (for the Dictionnaire de Montaigne) in 2005.
Naissance de la méthode: Machiavel, La Ramée, Bodin, Montaigne, Descartes (Paris, 1987), Humanism in Crisis: The Decline of the French Renaissance (Ann Arbor, 1991), Les Commerces de Montaigne (Paris, 1992), Penser l'Histoire à la Renaissance (Paris, 1993), Montaigne, les Cannibales et les Conquistadores (Paris, 1994), Literary Objects: Flaubert (Chicago, 1996), Montaigne dans tous ses états (Fasano, 2001), Reproduction en quadrichromie de l’Exemplaire de Bordeaux des Essais de Montaigne (Chicago, 2002), L'Imaginaire économique de la Renaissance (Paris, 2002), Dictionnaire de Michel de Montaigne (Paris, 2004), Reproduction fac-similé de l’édition de 1582 des Essais de Montaigne (Paris, 2005), Montaigne politique (Paris, 2006), Portraits à l'essai: iconographie de Montaigne (Paris, 2007).