a.1.Pertaining to antiperistasis.
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True to the antiperistatic nature of the text, such unconventional elements are the main tools in support of the essay's ultimate purpose: to promulgate a rational approach to obscure phenomena, favoring the search for natural causes and thus enabling the reader to attempt to see beyond false appearances.
In the ultimate display of the text's antiperistatic bias, irregularity thus informs the project of the Essais on all its levels by providing an implicit unity that lends an underlying cohesiveness to the text, or, in other terms, a more natural regularity than the artificial and restricting version that Montaigne decries.