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Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.

Born February 28, 1533 at Château de Montaigne, Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, France he died in that same place on September 13th, 1592.

His influence is seen in the works of some of the greatest essayists of all time including Hazlitt, Bacon, Descartes, Asimov and possibly even Shakespeare. Montaigne would come to be recognised as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt that began to emerge at that time.

“The appeal has continued unabated through the centuries, largely because his investigations are not merely random; they all centre on one great question which concerns us all: how does one live?”
Sarah Bakewell – The Guardian