Today, just a few reminders about the things you're supposed to bear in mind as you read.
How can these be seen as metaphors for language? For knowledge? What, for Montaigne, can be known (recall the difficulty we had on Thursday trying to pin him to a notion of "capital-T Truth")?
In the two essays you are reading for tomorrow, more dualities float to the surface; be on the lookout for them, especially for any metaphorical treatment of the opposition between "inner" things (guts and their contents, foetus, soul, mind) and "outer" ones (skin, clothes, body, excrement (once eliminated), portraiture, applause...?). What do these add to our understanding of Montaigne?
The last one is tricky, because our translator has not translated M's "portraiture" vocabulary consistently. See, for example:
In light of the four themes mentioned above, what does it mean when Montaigne says "I myself am the substance of this book" (p. 3)?
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