Montaigne on Philosophy

Published: September 26, 2019

“I study myself more than any other subject. This is my metaphysics, this is my physics.”

Michel de Montaigne
1533 CE – 1592 CE

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Who is Michel de Montaigne?

The French thinker, humanist and statesman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne is best remembered for his Essays, an introspective collection of loosely-structured reflections meant to present as detailed and accurate a portrait of its author as possible. Strikingly modern in their conception of the self and its relationship to the outside world, while also concerned with social and political events such as the Wars of Religion, his writings are viewed as formative to various disciplines and fields of thought, including autobiography and metaphysics.

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