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Montaigne Again

Fenster writes: Montaigne shows up here on UR quite a bit.  I won’t do links this time.  Look ’em up if you want.  So permit me to just start in digressing. In her bio of Montaigne Sarah Bakewell describes the … Continue reading

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Elsewheres

Fenster writes: Montaigne is appreciated around in these parts– the patron saint of Uncouth Reflections.  See here, here and here. Fenster especially appreciates Montaigne’s discursive style, which seems to come natch’l to him but which he nonetheless is not loath … Continue reading

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Franklin and Montaigne

Fenster writes: I don’t object to Bastiat being named as a patron saint of UR philosophy, such as it is.  It’s a big tent–not unlimited in size for sure, but capacious enough. Blowhard Esq. previously nominated Montaigne, and that fits … Continue reading

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Getting the Best Out of People: Freedom v. Control

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Seth Roberts, formerly of Berkeley and now professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, decided to stop grading his students. He writes: The more freedom I gave my students, the more difficult it became to grade them. At … Continue reading

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Montaigne: Patron Saint of UR, Godfather of Blogging

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As these two posts alluded to, I just finished reading Sarah Bakewell’s excellent biography of the French writer Michel de Montaigne.

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More Evidence Montaigne Would Fit In Here

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “Of all famous warriors, Montaigne most admired the Theban general Epaminondas, who was known for his ability to keep furor in check: once, in mid-battle and ‘terrible with blood and iron,’ Epaminondas found himself face to face with … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “I leaf through now one book, now another, without order and without a plan, by disconnected fragments…If I encounter difficulties in reading, I do not gnaw my nails over them; I leave them there. I do nothing … Continue reading

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