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“Authors communicate with the world in some special and peculiar capacity; I am the first to do so with my whole being” (Montaigne, Essays, Book 3, Chapter 2: On Repentance, p. 236).

Essays

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Michel de Montaigne

1533 CE – 1592 CE

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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