Michel de montaignes essay on solitude examines how peace of mind can only be truly discovered when we withdraw from society and live a solitary life. On solitude penguin great ideas michel de montaigne on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers for the true bibliophile and design savvy book lover here is the next set of penguins celebrated great ideas series by some of historys most innovative thinkers acclaimed for their striking and elegant package. Michel de montaigne is famous for pioneering what we now call the essay however i deem him worthy of new fame making philosophy accessible funny and functional in on solitude he reflects on all sorts of odd and every day facets such as why we laugh and cry at the same time why reading brings joy why fear is the most powerful emotion . His ideas on solitude offer the most insightful wisdom in this strange selection of essays that portray the thoughts of a man destined to live in solitude anti philosopher philosopher montaigne is the prototype of of what alain de botton attempts to be. Michel de montaigne 1533 92 on solitude michel de montaigne represents the consummate literary style of the french renaissance in his essayshe is at once an advocate of the classics the essays are crammed with quotations from latin authors and a modern conversant with his society his contemporaries its temper montaigne lived during the seething religious civil wars of france which
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