Summary Of Cannibals And Culture : The Anthropology Of Michel De Montaigne

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Cannibals and Culture: The Anthropology of Michel De Montaigne is a journal article, written by Norris Brock Johnson, published in Dialectical Anthropology, Vol 18, No 2 (1993) pages 153-176, a journal that focuses on providing a forum for intellectuals to publish their work (peer-reviewed articles, editorials, letter, reports, book reviews, etc.) over social sciences and humanities. I chose this article, because I was so drawn to Michel De Montaigne’s writing. In my opinion, Montaigne is the most intriguing of the other authors. Montaigne has a way of drawing us, the readers, in to believe every word he has written on paper, and then he manages to make us feel like fools, because we cannot be certain that what he is telling us is true. He seems to have a different motivation behind his writing. Not to entertain an audience, but himself.
It is no secret that Michel De Montaigne is a very important man when it comes English Literature. He seemed to be ahead of his time, unknowingly shaping what English is today. I was curious to see what others thought of Montaigne, his work and the effects that he had on American literature. That is what brought me to this specific article.
To many anthropologist, Michel De Montaigne’s essay “Of Cannibals” is very insightful when discussing the notion that is cultural relativism. Written in 1580, “Of Cannibals” compares the ethics of the considerably savage Indian tribe known as the Tupinamba and their culture to his own. Montaigne wrote,

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