Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

«La forme entière de l’humaine condition». Lectures humanistes de Montaigne

Jordi Bayod


Following a brief review of several interpretations of Montaigne that have raised the issue of his
possible humanism, this article examines three particularly relevant passages on the subject from his Essays:
the quotation of the famous dictum «Homo sum: humani nihil a me alienum puto», the statement that «Chaque
homme porte la forme entiere de l’humaine condition» and, finally, the consideration that «il y a plus de
distance de tel à tel homme qu’il n’y a de tel homme à telle beste». The analysis of these three passages
highlights the problematic nature of Montaigne’s alleged humanism.

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