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Montaigne integrates literature to philosophy within the philsophy of his mind through his greatest imaginations and suspicious thoughts against the definite judgements This is not the only reason that makes him one of the first philosophers in European literature who begins to think liberally but also he prefers to say Que sais-je What do I Know He never indicates definite judgements Montaigne believes that the society is able to stay together without any strong or organized government controlling them On The Power Of Imagination Montaigne introduces ambiguity in traditional distinctions one of them being the separation between imagination and reality Through both realistic and fantastical examples Montaigne illustrates the power of imagination to infringe upon reality He recounts a story of someone who executes himself by power of imagination in expectation of the executioners blow Excessive visualization in the mind causes the event to actually occur In another example Montaigne explains how a man catches impotence from his imagination out of fear of performing poorly In blurring the distinction between reality and imagination by uniting mere thoughts with tangible outcomes Montaigne makes his reader reconsider the association of fiction with imagination and non-fiction with reality The presentation of the interchangeablility of these ideas plants a seed of doubt in the readers minds about the ability to control their actions Perhaps the presentation of these stories are a reflection of Montaignes own insecurities since he claims that he borrows stories yet the inferences are my own Each account of Montaignes is directly aimed at illustrating the power of imagination as apparent from the title of this essay On The Education Of Children The purpose of Montaignes Education of Children is to lay down the philosophical groundwork for a new and innovative way of teaching children The purpose of this new system is to foster the childs intellectual growth as opposed to filling the childs head with facts that he regurgitates but does
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