The Essays of Montaigne — Volume 04 - Michel de Montaigne

The Essays of Montaigne — Volume 04

By Michel de Montaigne

  • Release Date: 1592-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
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Critical studies of the Essays have, until recently, been mainly of a literary nature. However, to consider Montaigne as a writer rather than as a philosopher can be a way of ignoring a disturbing thinker. Indeed, he shook some fundamental aspects of Western thought, such as the superiority we assign to man over animals, [3] to European civilization over ‘Barbarians’, [4] or to reason as an alleged universal standard. A tradition rooted in the 19th century tends to relegate his work to the status of literary impressionism or to the expression of a frivolous subjectivity.

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