The Essays of Montaigne — Volume 16
Michel de Montaigne
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In these critical studies of the Essays, the author shook some fundamental aspects of Western thought, such as the superiority we assign to man over animals,  to European civilization over ‘Barbarians’,  or to reason as an alleged universal standard. A tradition rooted in the 19th century tends to relegate his work to the status of literary impressionism or to the expression of a frivolous subjectivity.