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John Calvin And Michel De Montaigne On The Eye

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The separation of Calvin's and Montaigne's works from one another is a loss at many levels. Both the Institutes and the Essays address directly the epistemological crisis of the sixteenth century. As Calvin wrote his reader in the preface to the French translation, the Institutes seeks to provide a 'path' - to lay down a line among the brambles of competing claims to certain knowledge of God and to articulate a stable hermeneutic for approaching Scripture, a site where, as Calvin said, humankind could find God's self revelation. The Essays, so often read in terms of 'skepticism', open by grounding book and self in their common materiality, anchoring words not by defining them but by locating them in the material form of the codex and the tangible body of the author.

Keywords: Essays; Institutes; John Calvin; Michel De Montaigne



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