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Deserves six stars -- probably the first thing I should have ever read about human reason. Essentially an outright assault on man's ability to really understand God (and oftentimes himself) without a direct revelation, and in many parts a paraphrasing of the book of Ecclesiastes in the most eloquent way possible. I love Montaigne: my favorite philosopher!
An Apology for Raymond Sebond has to be one of the defining texts of pre-modernism, or perhaps post-modernism. Being written several decades before such great writers and thinkers as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida and other such deconstructive, perspective and phenomena based writers, Montaigne flirts with ideas and notions that are dominate in today’s thinking. In fact, Montaigne writes with such clarity and insight that his work should actually be read before taking on other more developed, alt...
Apologie de Raymond Sebond anticipates Pascal's Pensées, particularly the one referred to as "Concerning The Disproportion of Man" (La Disproportion de l'homme). Montaigne's essay is a meditation on human fallibility and inconstancy. It's about the limitations that prevent us from knowing the truth by Reason or our own senses (which is the only way we experience the world). We are also not so very different from other animals. Animal-lovers will appreciate the respect he shows toward the smalles...
Don't shut the door on a complicated book, cuz it might be simple as much as it seems complicated.
Aunque es posible que no haya entendido todo la profundidad del texto, me atrevo a decir que podría decir lo mismo en 100 páginas menos.
I heard this was a classic of skeptical philosophy, but I wasn't very impressed by it. There was nothing really new in the Apology for a person interested in skepticism. Montaigne frequently draws on Sextus Empiricus, but better to just read Sextus directly. Why settle for thin whiskey and water, when you can drink the straight shot? Redeeming qualities: Montaigne's pleasant prose style, and lots of fine classical quotations, mostly from Plutarch and Cicero. Apparently the Apology played some ro...
Beautiful and illuminating book by Montaigne, written with great wit and irony, a wonderful read and an important text in itself.
Essential, after reading Foucault.
There were a lot of parts of this "essay" by Montaigne that are mediocre at best and plainly stupid and wrong at worse.There were some parts there were enjoyable at best and OK at worst. The more I read Montaigne the harder it is for me to enjoy his thoughts, essays and ideas.It feels simply... wrong. Outdated, stiff, stuck in time, simple-minded, naive, racist, elitist, contradictory! All these thoughts constantly bombard my mind as I read (listen) through Montaigne Essays. In one page he's say...
Montaigne style is a breath of fresh air! He is a philosopher from the renaissance but I don't think he sees himself as a thinker - rather, he discusses several styles of philosophy and several thinkers and his knowledgeable peers and concludes that man who don't have much knowledge about philosophy and care only about what is practical for them are probably happier. "If Man were wise he would gauge the true worth of anything by its usefulness and appropriateness to his life."The he goes on to c...
Apology + On Cannibals. Es este último que más me fascinó.“They never stop braving and defying their enemies by word and look. Truly here are real savages by our standards; for either they must be thoroughly so, or we must be; there is an amazing distance between their character and ours” (pg. 7)
not, another 'essay!" Montaigne has a wry sense of humour, a must read.
A very fun read.
An interesting take on Renaissance science.