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The Unity of the Mind and Body Both Michel De Montaigne and John Donne argue that the cultivation of the mind is linked to the well being of the body Both argue that a mind void of proper enrichment and education will lead to an unhealthy body However Montaigne argues that the appropriate means of education and enrichment are studying and following the works of other great thinkers of history Additionally Montaigne declares imagination to be the impetus for the downfall of the body Conversely Donne argues that a mind groomed in imagination is the proper mode of finding bodily health In their writings both Montaigne and Donne are seeking a unity between the mind and the body By comparing Montaignes Essays and the poetry of Donne it is evident that the means for unifying the mind and body can vary for different people Montaignes general philosophy on the relationship between the mind and the physical health of the body is one that associates a healthy existence with a healthy mind His idea of a healthy mind is that which is learned through the studies of the great thinkers of the past and steered clear of being taken control of by the omnipotent imagination In Montaignes essay On the Education of Children Montaigne stresses the importance of education but only promotes a select few genres of education as appropriate Montaigne links these few genres of education directly to the well being of the body First Montaigne declares that The mind that harbours philosophy should by its soundness make the body sound alsopg67 Here he argues that anyone who is soundly based in the philosophy of the great thinkers of history will have the wellness of body that they desire He states that The most manifest sign of wisdom is a constant happiness its statealways serenepg67 Montaignes obvious foremost concern is that people be educated in the thinking of great thinkers Secondly Montaigne addresses
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