Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
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Reflections by the creator of the essay form, display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes. Included are such celebrated works as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."
 

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Published July 1, 1993 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Montaigne is often called the first blogger, but his skeptical moderation is in short supply in the blogosphere.

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The Telegraph

“Yes!” – or as Frampton .

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The New York Review of Books

What he learned from Montaigne was how to argue with himself, to discover within himself that incredulity has an attraction as powerful as faith—an impeccably orthodox Montaigne would have been of little use to him.

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The New York Review of Books

And later Pascal, so deeply influenced by Montaigne, refers contemptuously to “le sot project qu’il a de se peindre.” Montaigne himself is very much aware that his self-portrait is breaking a powerful social taboo;

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The New York Review of Books

The Hidden Lesson of Montaigne from the March 24, 2011 issue.

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Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre, and commonly considered the father of modern skepticism.

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Montaigne’s earthiness holds Florio’s convolutions in check, while Florio gives Montaigne an Elizabethan English quality, as well as a lot of sheer fun.—Sara Bakewell, How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne.

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