Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bakewell, Sarah. "Montaigne, Philosopher of Life, Part 3: Believer and Doubter." GUARDIAN May 24, 2010.

Montaigne was a good Catholic. He was also a man who doubted almost everything: the most influential sceptic of his day. He devoted long sections of his Essays to exploring reasons why nothing could be certain and everything was up for question – yet he claimed to accept whatever the church decreed without reservation. Was this just doublethink? Did he really mean it? I think he did mean it. But we can only understand exactly what he meant by making a great leap from our world to his, and discovering a kind of scepticism different from the one we are familiar with. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/may/24/montaigne-philosophy-scepticism.

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