Guides for the Perplexed: Michel de Montaigne on Skepticism - What Do I Know?
Michel de Montaigne also lived in interesting times. Sixteenth century France was plagued not just by the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants, but was also plagued by, well, the plague. If the French were not struggling with one another over their competing faiths, they were struggling against several waves of the bubonic plague. As the invaluable go-between for the competing religious and political factions in France, Montaigne strove to maintain a position of moderation and toleration. What better method to achieve these goals, he believed, than skepticism? How is it that this claim, which seems paradoxical to us, made perfect sense to Montaigne? Our class will not only explore this question, but also explore the work to which Montaigne devoted the last two decades of his life, his Essays—a work that has long been considered one of western literature’s greatest works, influencing writers from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf.
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