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The Current Debate About Montaigne's Skepticism

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Montaigne has been only a secondary figure in the traditional histories of philosophy, scarcely considered original and without any important philosophical contributions. This chapter answers the questions: is the skepticism of the Essais a mere reproduction of the teachings of ancient skepticism, or is it a modern break from the skepticism of the Greek tradition? One can find strong support on either side of this question about the "nature" of Montaigne's skepticism. However, no one has yet attempted an overview to answer the dispute that clearly divides contemporary interpretation on Montaigne. The chapter attempts to give an answer to the dispute and clarify this vexata quaestio. In order to defend Montaigne's philosophical relevance, the chapter shows the real importance of Pyrrhonian skepticism in Montaigne.

Keywords: Essais; Montaigne's skepticism



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