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Of Cannibals

In “Of Cannibals,” Montaigne posits a radical dichotomy between Europeans and Native Americans. He does so by highlighting the cannibalistic practices of one group, the Tupinamba of Brazil. Delving...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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Of Cannibals

Montaigne points out various ways in which Europeans are inferior to the cannibals he describes. The cannibals, he says, are much healthier. No witnesses have observed any of them to be "paralytic,...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Of Cannibals

This essay's intended audience is educated and influential Europeans, primarily from France. Montaigne himself was French and wrote in French, rather than Latin, the "universal" language at the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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Of Cannibals

Montaigne analyzes the ethics of cannibals by comparing their ethical system to that of Europeans. In one of his most telling lines, he argues that "we may then call these people barbarous, in...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 2:12 am (UTC)

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Of Cannibals

"Of Cannibals" is just one of more than 100 essays in Michel de Montaigne's collection titled Essays, originally published in the year 1580. In this particular piece, the author praises the culture...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2018, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Of Cannibals

Yes, Montaigne's assertion that so-called "civilized" societies exceed "simpler" societies in terms of barbarity and violence still rings true to today. More powerful societies, as Montaigne...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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Montaigne uses quotes from classical authors to establish authority and credibility. All the writers from the Renaissance do this. In this pre-modern age, European writers and thinkers were on the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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