TITLE

Of Solitude, Skepticism, and Subjectivity: Michel de Montaigne's poêle in La Villa

AUTHOR(S)
Juall, Scott D.
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Renaissance & Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme;Spring2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p99
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
Investigates Michel de Montaigne's experiences of solitude during two stays in the Italian spa La Villa through an analysis of his 'Journal de Voyage en Italie' (1580-81). The article discusses the relationship between solitude, skepticism, and subjectivity in Montaigne's writings in order to assess his role in developing the early modern physical and metaphysical journey of self-discovery. Montaigne sought medical treatment of his kidney stones during his two visits to La Villa in 1581. His experiences of subjectivity and his skepticism toward medicine were clearly demonstrated in memoirs of those visits. Montaigne, before René Descartes, argued that the only experience unique to oneself is that of one's body in its interaction with the mind. In other words, he viewed truth and reality as more than 'je pense, donc je suis.'
ACCESSION #
30029367

 

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