Some Consolation from Philosophy: Materializing the Self in Montaigne's Essais

Rebecca E. Moses, University of Colorado Boulder

Abstract

Using Michel de Montaigne's paraphrasing and quotation of the Epicurean philosopher and poet Titus Lucretius, this essay explores the way that self-materialization, through the writing of text, provides its writer with a consolation for the inevitability of death and the end of material experience. This essay analyzes Montaigne's writing about death, the body, philosophy, and history in order to theorize Montaigne's conception of personhood as dynamic and changeable according to the eventfulness of experience.