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An ignorant wise man who “unteaches foolishness”
At the paradoxical school of Michel de Montaigne’s Essais

  • Publication type: Journal article
  • Journal: Bulletin de la Société internationale des amis de Montaigne
    2020 – 1, n° 71
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  • Author: Péraud-Puigségur (Stéphanie)
  • Abstract: The figure of the “ignorant wise man” enables Montaigne to explore his own relationship with knowledge and authority by distinguishing himself from the negative figures of pedants and dogmatists. The relationship of the ignorant Socratic master with his disciple is similar to the relationship that the text of the Essais establishes with its reader. Through the figure of the “ignorant wise man” and the writing of the essay, a philosophical ethos emerges, which participates in the formative power of the work.
  • Pages: 95 to 114
  • Journal: Bulletin for the International Society of Friends of Montaigne, n° 70

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  • ISBN: 978-2-406-10647-0
  • ISSN: 2261-897X
  • DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-10647-0.p.0095
  • Publisher: Classiques Garnier
  • Online parution: 05-18-2020
  • Periodicity: Biannual
  • Language: French
  • Keywords: Figure, wisdom, ignorance, dogmatism, knowledge
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