Volume 18, No. 6, 2021

The Elements Of Moderation And The Kaleidoscopic Nature Of Man And Universe In The Essay “Of Experience” By Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Farooq shah , Dr. Mahrukh Shakir , Marina Khan


The paper is an attempt to analyze closely the essay ‘Of Experience’ composed by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne and explore the elements of moderation and man’s changing attitude towards universe, nature and its changing pattern. The paper, though was written in the sixteenth century, is treated here with modern existential philosophical themes of how and why rules are so exorbitantly made (for 16th century France), which the writer derides, and what these inordinate laws suggest for the modern readers. The paper also discusses how to explore the connection between the changing pattern of Nature and the impact and response it engenders in man’s mind. Finally, the paper discusses man’s and the writer’s paradoxical nature, and the writer’s recommendation for the in-between values/elements to be adopted. In perspective of the overarching law and rules implemented in the France, Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life has been applied.

Pages: 7111-7116

Keywords: Universe, Rules, Values, French Laws, Kaleidoscopic, Moderation, nature/Nature.

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