The Esoteric Quality of Montaigne’s Essays: The Essay as a Philosophic Response to Extreme Forms of Skepticism
According to Judith Shklar (1990, 611) not only is Montaigne Emerson’s hero, but Emerson is the American thinker in whom one finds the greatest understanding and appreciation of Montaigne’s Essays (see also Shklar 1989). The kinship between Montaigne and Emerson extends beyond the latter’s appreciation of the former. Both essayists address the topics of skepticism and the relationship between skepticism and how one ought to live. In doing so, both Emerson and Montaigne speak to the philosophical importance of literature and how one should understand the relationship between literature and philosophy.
Dr. Benjamin D. Carson, Thesis Advisor
Dr. James P. Crowley, Committee Member
Dr. Jordon B. Barkalow, Committee Member
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Russo, Victoria. (2021). The Esoteric Quality of Montaigne’s Essays: The Essay as a Philosophic Response to Extreme Forms of Skepticism. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 492. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/492
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