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Francis Bacon's Essays, published over a decade later, in 1596, usually are presumed to be directly influenced by Montaigne's collection, and Montaigne is cited by Bacon alongside other classical sources in later essays. Montaigne's influence on psychology. Although not a scientist, Montaigne made observations on topics in psychology.
Francis Bacon, the son of one of Elizabeth Is advisors is a wise fellow, who's sole aim is to improve humanity. Through a series of succinct and highly readable essays he propounds upon what's important in life (love, death,learning) with a clarity unparalleled in other essayists (I exclude Montaigne).
Montaigne and the macaques Four hundred years ago, the great French essayist recognised that our inbuilt capacity for sympathy depends on our physical proximity to others.
The essays of R. L. Stevenson are of the same class as those of Montaigne and Lamb, and he approached far more closely than any of his contemporaries to their high level of excellence. In America in the meanwhile the essay had been written with genius by Thoreau in Walden; and Emerson's Essays, though not in the tradition of Montaigne and Lamb, were rich in lofty thought and utterance.
Francis Bacon was a contemporary of Montaigne and is also famous for writing essays. How do Bacon’s essays differ from those of Montaigne? What does Montaigne tell the reader in “ Of Cannibals.
Montaigne's psychological essays set the stage for the efforts of rationalists such as Descartes in the 1600s to institute a pioneering system of knowledge whose formation would be independent of the reliance on the five senses for obtaining knowledge (i.e., empiricism, championed by Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume), thus championing true critical thinking.
In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience.