chapter  3
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Montaigne’s “Voluntary Liberty” and the Politics of Friendship

La Boétie was exactly the kind of relationship that enslaves us to another. [Montaigne] thought he did not know himself as well as La Boétie knew him, he lived under his eyes; after his death, he continued on: it is in order to know himself as La Boétie knew him that Montaigne examines himself and studies himself, he alone enjoyed my true image and he carried it off. This is why I myself decipher myself so attentively. Rarely does one see so complete a gift.