Lagniappe: Michel de Montaigne

01 Apr

Jungle material just keeps pouring in. That is to say, I realize more and more that almost everybody seems to go to the “jungle,” or to the the limits of what is considered “human,” to seek knowledge.

The inventor of the essay, sixteenth century French writer Michel de Montaigne has a famous essay on cannibals which posits in part that they may be more civilized than we. In this essay, Montaigne uses material from Spanish writers on the conquest of America, many of whom were his contemporaries or near contemporaries.

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Posted by on April 1, 2008 in Montaigne


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