Montaigne 's Skepticism Argument Of Constant Flux

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Montaigne’s Skepticism Argument of Constant Flux This skeptical argument is based around the premise that there is no constant existence. This means that there is no unchanging being nor nonbeing object. Everything is changing, growing, learning, multiplying, and moving. With constant movement comes constant change of both the known and the knower, and since there is no being nor object that does not change, both the person and their judgement continue flowing, which then allows nothing to be established for certain (MP, 13). Human nature is constantly in the middle of being born and dying, and are subject to passing from one change to another as humans grow, learn and change. Everything is either coming into being and growing, making it a current incomplete substance, or it is beginning to die. An example that helps one to understand this argument is the concept of a woman birthing a baby boy (MP, 14). This baby is always changing, every moment of every hour of each day. At first the infant leaves the mother’s womb as an unformed infant, then becomes a suckling infant completely dependent on its mother. He is continuously learning that when he is hungry or needs to be changed, he simply needs to cry. He learns to laugh and make noises, sit up and crawl. Eventually he learns to walk and talk and then one day the baby boy is not a baby anymore. He is a boy, and then a youth, next a mature man, then a man, and finally a decrepit aged man (MP, 14). This change seemingly…
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