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Michel de Montaigne

28th April 2013

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Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne, statesman, writer, and philosopher, regarded by many as the inventor of the personal essay who brought some good ol’ common sense to the age of reason. (image: bbc.co.uk)

On Radio 4’s In Our Time this week, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed the Essays of Michel de Montaigne, the French Renaissance statesman, writer, and philosopher, regarded by many as the inventor of the personal essay who had a lot to write about just everything, no matter how mundane or embarrassing, wanted us to strive to know ourselves and to live well, and brought some good ol’ common sense to the age of reason.

"Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Essays of Michel de Montaigne."


"Kings and philosophers shit: and so do ladies."
Montaigne on the problematic body (extract from Alain de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy, penguin.co.uk. Scroll down to Extract 2: On Montaigne)

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