Reading Questions for 8/31: Montaigne’s “Apology for Raymond Sebond”

For Monday’s class, read Michel de Montaigne (mon-TAYN-ya,) Apology for Raymond Sebond (1580-88), which is found on pp. 4-15 in Modern Philosophy (Ariew and Watkins, eds.). Be prepared to discuss the following questions:

  1. What appears to be Montaigne’s overall aim in the parts of the work we read?
  2. What does he mean in saying that the senses are inadequate?
  3. How does he back up this claim?
  4. What does he mean in saying that changing man cannot know changing or unchanging things?
  5. How does he back up this claim?

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