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Nicolas Delon

Hi Eric, just saw this. It's funny. I'm teaching Hobbes next week and was reminded of Descartes too. That's a fascinating parallel.

You probably know this, but Descartes himself was trolling (or misunderstanding or riffing on) Montaigne. It would have been an obvious reference at the time.

Montaigne : "On dit communément que le plus juste partage que nature nous ait fait de ses grâces, c'est celui du sens ; car il n'est aucun qui ne se contente de ce qu'elle lui en a distribué." Essais, L II, chap. 17.

Montaigne was clearly being ironic. I'm not entirely sure if Descartes was being ironic too. In any case, Hobbes was probably also indirectly riffing on Montaigne. It's all very kaleidoscopic.

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