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The three best types of companionship, according to philosopher Michel de Montaigne — Quartzy
Among the essays highlighted is Montaigne’s “Of Three Commerces,” a reflection on companionship. In it, the philosopher ranks his favorite relationships, comparing the three kinds of companions who occupied most of his life. Writing about the first two, Montaigne says he’s enjoyed the company of “beautiful and honorable women” and had “rare and exquisite friendships,” both of which he considered “fortuitous.”
montaigne  relationships  friendship  books 
29 days ago by kbrobeck
Dunning-Kruger Montaigne
“ I think my opinions are good and sound, but who does not think the same of his own?”
Dunning-Kruger  Montaigne 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Robbie McClintock in the Reflective Commons
"In this temper, one last hypothesis: in making the case for study, one does not denigrate the teacher's profession. To be sure, one has to speak out against exaggerating the power of instruction. But this criticism does not reject teaching; in place of a rejection, it is a quest for the mean, a celebration of the Greek sense for nothing too much, an attempt to balance an inflated version of the teacher's mission with a touch of reality. Yes—let us continue our effort to teach all as best we can, but let us do so with more humility, sobriety, and realism.

Instruction does not make the man. A teacher gains coercive power to control and mold his students only so long as they abdicate their autonomy and dignity. Such an abdication is not a good foundation for an educational system, especially since it is less common and continuous than many would seem to believe. The teacher's authority, be it as a model of excellence or of folly, is a quality his students project erotically upon him. It is an attraction or repulsion that results because students are forever suspending their interest in learning their lessons; instead they abstract, they reflect; they step back mentally and with curiously cocked heads they observe their didactic deliverer, musing with soaring hope, wonder, joy, resignation, boredom, cynicism, amusement, sad tears, despair, or cold resentment—Ecce homo!

A teacher may or may not cause learning, but he will always be an object of study. Hence the pedant so surely plays the fool. But hence too, the man teaching can often occasion achievements that far surpass his personal powers. Great teachers can be found conforming to every type—they are tall and short, shaggy and trim, timid and tough, loquacious and terse, casual and stern, clear and obscure. Great teachers are persons who repay study, and they repay study because they know with Montaigne, "My trade and my art is to live.""
teaching  learning  instruction  montaigne  1971  robbiemcclintock  lucan  training  study  howwelearn  howweteach  pedagogy  erasmus  seneca  plato 
december 2017 by robertogreco
How to Find Michel de Montaigne's Estate (Or Get Hopelessly Lost Trying) | Literary Hub
“Directions from Bordeaux to Château Michel de Montaigne

The night before: Note train times from Gare Bordeaux-St. Jean to Gare de Castillon, but wait to purchase tickets until you arrive at the station. Tonight, arrange for a taxi to pick you up when your train arrives to drive you to Château Michel de Montaigne. Arrangements can be made at your hotel’s concierge desk, the Bordeaux tourism information office, or by good old-fashioned yellow pages and cellphone. Write down the taxi company’s phone number, and keep it with you in case of emergency. Retrieve cash from an ATM to pay your taxi driver. Charge your cell phone overnight.

Day of travel: Leave early in the morning with enough time to enjoy a full day at the château, travel included. Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of drinking water—neither are available at the estate. Take a city bus from your lodging to Gare Bordeaux-St. Jean (one-way trip, €1,60). Allow fifteen minutes at the station to purchase tickets, locate the platform, and board your train.

– At Gare Bordeaux-St. Jean: Purchase a one-way ticket to Castillon at a freestanding yellow SNCF kiosk, noting return train times. Find your ticket’s corresponding platform, and board the train at least two minutes before it is scheduled to depart (~45-minute ride to Castillon, €12).

– At Gare de Castillon: Find your taxi in the parking lot. If the car hasn’t arrived, call the company or ask for help at the ticket window. Say hello to your driver and hop in the car (~15-minute taxi ride to the chateau, €10). Important: before you exit the taxi, pre-arrange a return trip to Gare de Castillon by asking the driver to pick you up at a specified time.

– At Chateau Michel de Montaigne: Visiting the chateau is free, but the tour—and the only way to see inside the tower—costs € Enter the small gift shop and buy a ticket. Wander the grounds and eat lunch before the tour begins. After the tour, buy at least one bottle of “Les Essais” wine to take home (€8-20, depending on vintage). Wait for your taxi to arrive for your return trip to Gare de Castillon (~15-minute ride, €10). Allow enough time to drive to the station, buy a ticket, and board the train at least two minutes before it is scheduled to depart.

– At Gare de Castillon: Buy your return ticket at the window inside the station. If the ticket window is closed, board the train anyway and purchase your ticket from the staff member checking tickets who will come to your seat (~45-minute ride, €12).

– Total cost of this trip: ~€50 (less of an expense if taxi, wine, and memories are shared with an adventurous, trusting, and forgiving companion).”
Montaigne  2017 
august 2017 by Preoccupations
The Myth of an Apolitical Montaigne - Los Angeles Review of Books
“What sets essaying apart from asserting is failing. Diversion, digression, ambiguity, uncertainty — these are essential, not inimical, to the form. But an essayist who aims for uncertainty is unsatisfying. In good essays, we witness writers grappling genuinely with unanswerable questions, trying to answer and failing, coming by their uncertainty in an honest manner. It is appropriate that the story of the first self-conscious essayist and his times should also be the story of an honest failure: “In the early 1580s, politics looked very much like the form of the essay. Everything was in movement and contested.” … We remember Montaigne because he brought three things into conjunction: the subject matter of individual, private life, the literary form of the personal essay, and the discourse of toleration. But he did not create this novel blend ex nihilo — he discovered it in the travails of experience. Montaigne’s Essais are a diversion from his intended career path, embodying in form and content the disappointment of his ambitions.”
book_reviews  2017  Montaigne  essays 
july 2017 by Preoccupations
O. Bradley Bassler, The Pace of Modernity: Reading With Blumenberg (2012) | re-press publishers
Wittgenstein said that philosophers should greet each other, not by saying “hello,” but rather “take your time.”  But what is time?  Time is money, but this points to an even better answer to this basic question for our modern epoch: time is acceleration.  In a cultural system which stresses economic efficiency, the quicker route is always the more prized, if not always the better one.  Wittgenstein’s dictum thus constitutes an act of rebellion against the dominant vector of our culture, but as such it threatens to become (quickly) anti-modern.  We need an approach to “reading” our information-rich culture which is not reactionary but rather meets its accelerated condition.  In this book, O. Bradley Bassler develops a toolkit for acute reading of our modern pace, not through withdrawal but rather through active engagement with a broad range of disciplines.  The main characters in this drama comprise a cast of master readers: Hannah Arendt, Jean Starobinski, Harold Bloom, Angus Fletcher, Hans Blumenberg and John Ashbery, with secondary figures drawn from the readers and critics whom this central group suggests.  We must develop a vocabulary of pacing, reflecting our modern distance from classical sources and the concomitant acceleration of our contemporary condition.  Only in this way can we begin to situate the phenomenon of modernity within the larger scales of human culture and history.

About the Author
O. Bradley Bassler studied in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and took a second Ph.D. in Mathematics at Wesleyan University.  He has published in areas ranging from philosophy and history of philosophy to literary studies and the foundations of mathematics, with essays appearing in New German Critique, Heidegger Studies, Review of Metaphysics and other journals.  He is also a published poet.  He currently is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA.
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april 2016 by dunnettreader

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