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Justine Kim Literature Humanities Notes: March 3, 2008 Essays- Montaigne Stoicism (One of the big influences on Montaigne) -Reason is paramount -“Perfectly virtuous/wise man” - Sees his own child drowning, if father is able to save child, will save child. But if can’t, doesn’t feel regret, pity, distress because it was meant to happen. -Moral virtue is the only good -Wickedness is the only evil (moral) - Nothing is good or bad in and of itself—i.e. natural disasters are not bad because they have a “divine plan”; have a purpose, need to let it happen -“Follow nature” -One develops moral awareness by a progressive realization of what’s naturally appropriate for the self -One needs to understand the difference between what’s in your power and what isn’t -To accept things that are meant to happen -Distress, pity and fear are to be avoided-- they reflect a false judgment of what is evil -Pantheism—god/divinity is present in everything as a spirit (divine plan) - Catholicism is also big part of Montaigne’s life. Stoicism vs. Catholicism -Is Catholic sense of ideas working with his stoicism? Or are they remaining in separate spheres? Is his philosophical stance meant to have separate categories?
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