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The Confessions of Montaigne

Department of History, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Religions 2012, 3(4), 950-963;
Received: 24 September 2012 / Revised: 10 October 2012 / Accepted: 11 October 2012 / Published: 15 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue From the Renaissance to the Modern World)
Montaigne rarely repented and he viewed confession—both juridical and ecclesiastical—with skepticism. Confession, Montaigne believed, forced a mode of self-representation onto the speaker that was inevitably distorting. Repentance, moreover, made claims about self-transformation that Montaigne found improbable. This article traces these themes in the context of Montaigne’s Essays, with particular attention to “On Some Verses of Virgil” and argues that, for Montaigne, a primary concern was finding a means of describing a self that he refused to reduce, as had Augustine and many other writers before and after him, to the homo interior. View Full-Text
Keywords: Montaigne; self; confession; prayer; repentance; interiority; sexuality; sincerity Montaigne; self; confession; prayer; repentance; interiority; sexuality; sincerity
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