Philosophy (Bryn Mawr)

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    Play and Socialization in Montaigne: Horsemanship, Carnival, Conversation
    (2019) Pinto, Arielle; Prettyman, Adrienne; Sedley, David Louis, 1968-
    In this thesis, I explore the relationship between play and socialization in Michel de Montaigne’s work. I argue that for Montaigne, certain forms of play can help socialize an individual into courtly society, due to the fact that in a game, there is an interplay of rules and improvisation. I this relationship in three different contexts: horsemanship, carnival and conversation. I use “rules” to mean either written rules or implicit societal norms. I use the term “improvisation” to mean the spontaneity and initiative.