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  1. On Montaigne's Skepticism.Christopher Edelman - 2011 - Montaigne Studies 23 (1-2):181-203.
    This essay argues that Montaigne draws on elements of both the Academic and Pyrrhonian skeptical traditions, but that the fundamental desire for self-knowledge that initially led him to appreciate the insights of the ancient skeptics ultimately leads him beyond them. What lies at the heart of Montaigne’s skepticism is neither an epistemological position nor the experience of doubt, but rather the determination to philosophize self-consciously.
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  2. Montaigne's Moral Objectivism.Christopher Edelman - 2011 - Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):32-50.
    "Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice; for indeed it seems we have no other test of truth and reason than the example and pattern of the opinions and customs of the country we live in" (1.31.152, VS205).1 Remarks such as this from the essay "Of cannibals" have led commentators to argue that Montaigne subscribes to the theory of moral relativism, and that he takes "reason" to be a subjective, rather than an objective, standard for judgment.2 Yet (...)
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    The Therapeutic Skepticism of Michel de Montaigne.Christopher Edelman - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (4):781-801.
    Montaigne is widely appreciated as an important figure in the history of skepticism, but the precise nature of his skepticism remains unclear. While most treatments of Montaigne’s skepticism focus on the “Apology for Raymond Sebond,” there is reason to believe that the “Apology” does not contain his last word on the subject, and that—as many scholars have pointed out—whatever endorsement he gives there to ancient Pyrrhonism must be qualified in light of the fact that he does maintain beliefs, not only (...)
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    Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy From Socrates to Plotinus by John M. Cooper (Review).Christopher Edelman - 2013 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (2):309-310.
    This book has two basic aims: to provide a clear and comprehensive account of the most prominent moral philosophies of ancient Greece and Rome, and to explain how for their adherents, these philosophies both motivated and constituted distinctive ways of life. Cooper succeeds admirably in achieving the first aim: he gives clear and concise accounts of the moral philosophies of Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Pyrrhonists, and the Platonists. Each chapter explores not only the basic theories of the (...)
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  5. Montaigne, Michel De.Christopher J. Edelman - 2011 - In James Fieser & Bradley Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  6. Belonging to Oneself: Montaigne on Moral Autonomy.Christopher Edelman - 2014 - In Charlotte C. S. Thomas (ed.), No Greater Monster Nor Miracle Than Myself: The Political Philosophy of Michel de Montaigne. Mercer UP. pp. 36-58.
    In the essay “Of repentance,” Montaigne proclaims his moral autonomy, explaining to readers that he lives his life according to his own laws and that he judges himself in his own court. This essay attempts to give an account of the nature of Montaigne’s conception of autonomy, and ultimately argues that it deserves the attention of philosophers interested in alternatives to the conceptions of autonomy offered by figures from the history of philosophy such as Plato, Kant, and Rorty.
     
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