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Michel de Montaigne: Father of Modern Skepticism
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Philosophy and writing as a way of life. In his writings, Montaigne explores the various aspects of human nature and life by writing and guiding the reader on various aspects of life such as the art of conversation, raising children, tackling loss and grief, handling sexual desire, reading, preparing for and understanding the reality of death. Thus, this implies that human beings are at the same level with other creatures. In fact, Montaigne reiterates that some creatures could even be superior to human beings because of their actions. He is best known for his essays which are considered to be the best of all times.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. Emerson became one of America's best known and best-loved 19th-century figures. More About Emerson. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
They were originally written in Middle French and were originally published in the Kingdom of France. Montaigne's stated design in writing, publishing and revising the Essays over the period from approximately to was to record "some traits of my character and of my humours. Montaigne wrote in a rather crafted rhetoric designed to intrigue and involve the reader, sometimes appearing to move in a stream-of-thought from topic to topic and at other times employing a structured style that gives more emphasis to the didactic nature of his work. His arguments are often supported with quotations from Ancient Greek , Latin , and Italian texts such as De rerum natura by Lucretius  and the works of Plutarch. Furthermore, his Essays were seen as an important contribution to both writing form and skepticism.