Gérard Chaliand, Sophie Mousset

Western Heritage Publication date : May 1, 2002

Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, the western literary and intellectual tradition was embodied by the following works and authors, among many others: the Old and New Testaments; Homer, Hesiod, the writers of Ancient Greek tragedies, Plato, Aristotle; Cicero, Plutarch, Saint Augustin; The Song of Roland, Tristan and Isolde; Dante, Thomas More, Luther, Machiavelli, Rabelais, Montaigne, Shakespeare; Milton, Descartes, Pascal, Fénelon; Giambattista Vico, Diderot, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Kant, the Marquis de Sade, Condorcet; Edmund Burke, Constant and Jeremy Bentham.
Successive generations of thinkers and writers built on this tradition, which served for many centuries as the pillar of education.
In L’Héritage Occidental, Gérard Chaliand presents and puts in perspective some of the most significant works of the European tradition, often in new translations.

“I love and admire this unique anthology because it shows the diversity that gave birth to the West. And out of this sometimes antagonistic diversity, the West was capable of producing a multi-faceted synthesis, which is both open and dynamic. Gérard Chaliand and Sophie Mousset succeed in illustrating this because they have understood its lengthy history.”
Jacques Le Goff