A member of the company's board of directors, Archibald Robertson , took an active interest in setting up the series and it was he who suggested the series' name. The Thinker's Library consisted of a selection of essays, literature, and extracts from greater works by various classical and contemporary humanists and rationalists , continuing in the tradition of the Renaissance. Many of the titles were cheap reprints of classic books, aimed at a mass audience. Each volume consists of an eponymous essay sometimes followed by a collection of related essays by the same author, or an introductory extract from a greater work by that author. Any deviation from this format will be self-explanatory from the title.
The Essays of Montaigne
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Michel de Montaigne
Oakeshott was the son of Joseph Francis Oakeshott , a civil servant divisional head in the Inland Revenue  and member of the Fabian Society ,  and Frances Maude, daughter of Thomas Hellicar, a wealthy Islington silk-merchant. He enjoyed his schooldays, and the Headmaster, Cecil Grant, later became a friend. In , Oakeshott became an undergraduate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge , where he read history. He obtained an MA and subsequently became a Fellow.
On this site you will find versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought. The site is now operated by the text-preparer Jonathan Bennett and his Canadian team. April - Thomas J.