Under The Sun

Tuesday, April 08, 2003



"Ethical opinion in our day, while recognizing [Montaigne's] genius and originality, has been disconcerted to find a skeptic with strong convictions and a radical with conservative leanings. It has failed to grasp the nature of the double mind--the ability to see both sides of the mountain at once. Thinkers of this type are few [...]. They are not to be written off as undecided or vacillating. Their minds are simply multilinear and perspectivist: when Montaigne was playing with his cat, he wondered whether the cat was not perhaps playing with him."

--Barzun

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