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 (mŏn-tān′, môn-tĕn′yə), Michel Eyquem de 1533-1592.
French writer noted for developing the essay as a literary form as well as for the lively, personal quality of his prose.


(French mɔ̃tɛɲ)
(Biography) Michel Eyquem de (miʃɛl ikɛm də). 1533–92, French writer. His life's work, the Essays (begun in 1571), established the essay as a literary genre and record the evolution of his moral ideas


(mɒnˈteɪn; Fr. mɔ̃ˈtɛn yə)

Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de, 1533–92, French essayist.
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Noun1.Montaigne - French writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)Montaigne - French writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)
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And therefore Montaigne saith prettily, when he inquired the reason, why the word of the lie should be such a disgrace, and such an odious charge?
It was such love as Michelangelo had known, and Montaigne, and Winckelmann, and Shakespeare himself.
I could recite you the whole of Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Titus Livius, Tacitus, Strada, Jornandes, Dante, Montaigne, Shakspeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli, and Bossuet.
The essays, it should be added, were evidently suggested and more or less influenced by those of the great French thinker, Montaigne, an earlier contemporary of Bacon.
Once I took such delight in Montaigne, that I thought I should not need any other book; before that, in Shakspeare; then in Plutarch; then in Plotinus; at one time in Bacon; afterwards in Goethe; even in Bettine; but now I turn the pages of either of them languidly, whilst I still cherish their genius.
Montaigne is mocking the pretensions of human reason which claim the privilege of arguing about the nature and the action of stars and planets.
The extensive debt to Montaigne that can be traced in Prior's late works attests to his philosophical inclinations, and the study of it enlightens a crucial aspect of the reception of the Essais across the Channel after Charles Cottons English translation (1685-86).
No decorrer deste artigo, pretende-se refletir sobre o genero ensaio, desde a sua genese, com Michel de Montaigne, percebendo seus desdobramentos ao longo dos seculos, ate a sua recepcao no seculo XX, com a problematizacao do genero feita por Theodor Adorno.
A Montaigne le interesaba -eseribe Adolfo Castanon- ante todo la verdad.
2) By the end of the Essais, particularly in the last three chapters, it seems that Montaigne has transcended ancient skepticism and developed a skepticism that is, as he would say, "all his own," (3) one that is better described as a therapeutic practice than a theoretical position.
E]very abridgement of a good booke," Montaigne cautions, "is a foole abridged.