Skeptical and Natural Philosophy
Michel De Montaigne
Why was Montaigne important?
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592), the essayist who became mayor of his hometown of Bourdeaux, France, resurrected the ancient Greek skepticism of Sextus Empiricus (160–210 c.e.), with some reliance on Cicero. Although Montaigne lived during the end of the Renaissance, his ideas set the stage for much thought that would follow during the scientific revolution and early modern philosophy. In the history of ideas and philosophy, he is therefore much more than a Renaissance figure.