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    On Cannibals Montaigne

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    Michel de Montaigne’s essay, “On Cannibals,” is a short philosophical excerpt that explores ethnocentrism― a belief that one’s own culture or ethnic group is superior to another’s. Based on his personal experiences in the New World, Montaigne challenges the idea of superiority through critiquing his own culture. He includes a shocking revelation about human nature, and our tendency to believe anything is barbarous if it contradict our own habits. Some contemporary examples include the Rwandan genocide

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    Montaigne Tone

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    of the world around them. Michel de Montaigne, a prominent philosopher of the French Renaissance, argued in his essays of the habitual inconsistency of man and how it is nearly impossible for man to correct these everyday irregularities and contradictions. To say that man is flawed and utterly irregular are statements not particularly surprising or revelatory for philosophers to make, even in Montaigne’s time. However, what can be considered unique about Montaigne, aside from his sharp perceptions

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    Montaigne On Solitude

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    Michel de Montaigne is the author the book On Solitude. In this book Montaigne brings up many topics and discusses his views on them and what these nouns do to men in the world. Some of these topics are solitude, as stated in the title, sadness, fear, books, as well as a few others. In these topics Montaigne elaborates on how these objects and states of being can affect a person’s life in both positive and negative ways, but most of the affects that will be talked about are negative. In any case

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    Montaigne and Machiavelli’s Mission Michel de Montaigne and Niccolò Machiavelli were revolutionary philosophers searching to understand human nature. Michel de Montaigne was a cultural relativist who believed no man was more savage than the next whereas Machiavelli believed everyman was savage and would do whatever it takes to achieve personal gain. Even though these revolutionary thinkers took very different approaches to addressing human nature they both showed traits of being enlightened monarchs

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    The 17th century French aristocrat Michel de Montaigne lived in a tumultuous world. With the spark of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, the fire spread rapidly to France. The nation divided against itself. The rebellious protestant Huguenots and the traditional staunch Catholics both viewed the other group as idolatrous heretics in time when that crime could justify execution. Consequently, Catholic monarchs throughout Europe felt the impending threat to their reigns, too, because if they supposedly ruled

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    In “Of Cannibals,” Michel de Montaigne creates an atmosphere of tension between the New World barbarians and the Old World Europeans through his comparison of each group’s eating habits, marriage customs, and war practices. However, Montaigne’s essay is more than just a proof for a superior ethnography, as this comparison only appears at the midpoint of the piece. Prior to this, Montaigne’s introduction is filled with historical allusions, vignettes, and references to geographical transformation

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    of the essay since it establishes how Montaigne came to his viewpoints on the Tupinambá since they are different to those held by many of his contemporaries. When Montaigne wrote, people were only beginning to learn about other areas of the world. People on the whole had not travelled and so held ethnocentric views regarding culture. They failed to understand the people of the New World, thus labeled them as ‘sauvage’ and ‘barbare’ something which Montaigne challenges in this essay, and specifically

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    Throughout “Of Cannibals,” Montaigne describes how human knowledge, through a false sense of cultural superiority, have not only shifted European definition of human identity, but also how knowledge, through inventions, have disconnected European society from nature. Cultural superiority, according to Montaigne, is derived from the idea that there is “no other level of truth and reason than the example and idea of the opinions and customs of the place wherein we live.” Lost in our biased perception

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    Montaigne wrote “On the Cannibals” during the period of the French Wars of Religion fought between the Roman Catholics and the Huguenots. Montaigne, though a Roman Catholic himself, loathed the fanaticism and violence of these wars and retired from public life to his lands in the Dordogne, devoting himself to reading and reflection. For Montaigne, cruelty was a deciding factor that differentiated the French Wars of Religion

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    Michel de Montaigne The world is a place of chaos nowadays. At every turn of a corner, there is desolation triggered from humanity's sidetracked views of what the world is about. With all this deception and superficiality, pureness in the human soul seems almost non-existent. Michel de Montaigne recognizes the essential need of this purity for the improvement of society in his Essays. Although the main topics he is focusing own are his own nature, own habits, and own opinions, he uses these

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