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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Apology for Raymond Sebond by Michel de Montaigne ,. Roger Ariew Translator. Marjorie Grene Translator. Under the pretense of defending an obscure treatise by a Catalan theologian, Sebond, Montaigne attacks the philosophers who attempt rational explanations of the universe and argues for a skeptical Christianity based squarely on faith rather than reason.

The result is the Apology for Raymond Sebond , a classic of Counter-Reformation thought and a masterpiece of Renaissance l Under the pretense of defending an obscure treatise by a Catalan theologian, Sebond, Montaigne attacks the philosophers who attempt rational explanations of the universe and argues for a skeptical Christianity based squarely on faith rather than reason.

The result is the Apology for Raymond Sebond , a classic of Counter-Reformation thought and a masterpiece of Renaissance literature.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Apology for Raymond Sebond. An Apology for Raymond Sebond has to be one of the defining texts of pre-modernism, or perhaps post-modernism. In fact, Montaigne writes with such clarity and insight that his work should actually be read before taking on other more developed, alt An Apology for Raymond Sebond has to be one of the defining texts of pre-modernism, or perhaps post-modernism.

In fact, Montaigne writes with such clarity and insight that his work should actually be read before taking on other more developed, although more convoluted, writers and thinkers. Although at times he over uses examples, as there are pages upon pages of examples of animals displaying human qualities, when a few examples would have been enough to put the point across, and that like Nietzsche his prose can at times be deceptively simple.

Montaigne in the Apology for … defends the religious point of view expressed by Sebond, ie that religion, and for Montagine this extends to life, some things are better left to faith, when confronted with the paradoxes of reason. His deceptive prose can lead the reader to pose this same Pyrrhonnic attitude to the religion he, Montaigne and Sebond takes on faith. This being the attitude Pyrrho adopted in the face of living life with a ubiquitous agnosticism, to adopt the customs ie religion of your culture without ever really being enslaved by them.

Mar 30, Jeremy Egerer rated it it was amazing. Deserves six stars -- probably the first thing I should have ever read about human reason. Essentially an outright assault on man's ability to really understand God and oftentimes himself without a direct revelation, and in many parts a paraphrasing of the book of Ecclesiastes in the most eloquent way possible. I love Montaigne: my favorite philosopher! Mar 09, Rawaa Alking added it.

Don't shut the door on a complicated book, cuz it might be simple as much as it seems complicated. Mar 07, Jonso rated it it was ok. View 2 comments. I heard this was a classic of skeptical philosophy, but I wasn't very impressed by it. There was nothing really new in the Apology for a person interested in skepticism.

Montaigne frequently draws on Sextus Empiricus , but better to just read Sextus directly. Why settle for thin whiskey and water, when you can drink the straight shot? Redeeming qualities: Montaigne's pleasant prose style, and lots of fine classical quotations, mostly from Plutarch and Cicero. Apparently the Apology played some ro I heard this was a classic of skeptical philosophy, but I wasn't very impressed by it. Also, whatever happened to poor Raymond Sebond?

The Apology says basically nothing about him! May 03, Omri rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy. Beautiful and illuminating book by Montaigne, written with great wit and irony, a wonderful read and an important text in itself.

Jun 30, rated it it was amazing Shelves: literature. Essential, after reading Foucault. Jul 08, Obed M. Parlapiano rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy , social-criticism , non-fiction. There were a lot of parts of this "essay" by Montaigne that are mediocre at best and plainly stupid and wrong at worse.

There were some parts there were enjoyable at best and OK at worst. The more I read Montaigne the harder it is for me to enjoy his thoughts, essays and ideas. It feels simply Outdated, stiff, stuck in time, simple-minded, naive, racist, elitist, contradictory! All these thoughts constantly bombard my mind as I read listen through Montaigne Essays. In one page he's say There were a lot of parts of this "essay" by Montaigne that are mediocre at best and plainly stupid and wrong at worse.

In one page he's saying that humans are too stupid to try to understand God, or Nature, or Ourselves but he says so in words rather than 15 , just to casually mention that-and I'm paraphrasing- "This is why we can only trust God's will and understand him through his holy writings". Absolute disappointment.

Come on. Oh, and there's always his reliance on unconfirmed, anecdotal, silly stories to represent the world. As if "Prince X from Y country doing Z thing" was really a good example to depict the world. May 14, Emmanuel Simon rated it it was amazing. A very fun read. An interesting take on Renaissance science. Esteban del Mal rated it it was amazing Jan 16, Celeste C rated it did not like it Dec 18, Steve Villa Nunez Jr rated it liked it May 16, Bruno rated it really liked it Feb 22, Austin Hutchinson rated it really liked it Dec 12, Ryan rated it really liked it Feb 10, Tim rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Gemma rated it really liked it Jul 02, Craig Barner rated it it was amazing May 23, Brad N rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Kelly Roman rated it really liked it Sep 17, Bharat rated it liked it Feb 11, Grant rated it really liked it Feb 22, Pierre-Emmanuel rated it it was amazing May 11, Wally rated it really liked it Jan 30, Egija rated it really liked it Jun 21, Tyler Talbott rated it really liked it Apr 21, Zachary Paige rated it really liked it Jul 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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An Apology for Raymond Sebond is widely regarded as the greatest of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on natural theology, it was inspired by the deep crisis of personal melancholy that followed the death of Montaigne's own father in , and explores contemporary Christianity in prose that is witty and frequently damning. As he searches for the true meaning of faith, Montaigne is heavily critical of the arrogant tendency of mankind to create God in its own image, and offers his personal reflections on the true role of man, the need to eschew personal arrogance, and the vital importance of faith if we are to understand our place in the universe. Wise, perceptive and remarkably informed, this is one of the true masterpieces of the essay form. Born in , Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in

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