The French moralist tradition, which originated in Montaigne's Essays, was at its peak during the second half of the 17th-century with authors such as Pascal, La Rochefoucauld and Nicole.In the 18th century, while French readers considered classical moralists mainly as great stylists., readers in England, Scotland and America viewed French moralists as philosophers. This Anglo-American interpretation of French moralist thinking gave rise to moral philosophy.
Columbians scheduled to speak are Pierre Force, Antoine Compagnon, Michael Riffaterre, Charles Larmore and Gita May. Sessions are free and open to Columbia students and faculty. For information, call 854-4482.