ILS 204 (5)

ILS 204 (5) - contradictions, differences within Montaigne...

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Lecture 6 end of last lecture when everyone is the same, one think in terms of moral laws ; when humans are different we have to think in ethical terms depiction of Spanish atrocities committed in the conquest of Cuba in 1552 edition of Las Casa “A Short Account oof the Destruction of the Indies” Same period as Renaissance, St. Peter’s, etc. “others form man; I describe him as he is” is Montaigne really writing about the “barbarians” in order to better understand them? Are his observations based in empirical study? Note all the classical authors he references to “frame” his views Also how “barbarian” cultural practices are described in European terms (ritual drink=”wine”) Is he looking outward to better look inward understand
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Unformatted text preview: contradictions, differences within Montaigne and the Noble Savage: Primitivism and the Exoticizing of the Other Primitive as pure like fruits not bred for market: the former retain alive and vigorous theirgenuine properties and virtues Uses the primitive to mock and satirize proper and civilized culture of West But in doing so produces a misrepresentation of the Other (close to nature, simpler and thus child-like, not given to Western-style self reflection, etc the great world is the mirror in which we must look at ourselves to recognize ourselves form the proper angleMontaigne Tempest Prospersohumanist or skeptic?...
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