Philosophy - Montaigne

You can reach achievement with an ordinary, moral life without the proper education of past philosophy! So says Michel de Montaigne in a short analysis video that succinctly explains his views on academia, the virtue of a good life, and the failure of the mind to control the body.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a comparison to Montaigne's The Essays
  • Connect to a larger lesson on philosophers of the Renaissance
Classroom Considerations
  • Subtitles are set to Bulgarian, but you can change them to another language or watch without them
  • Best suited for college students or adult viewers
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Learners can probably relate to Montaigne's desire to move past pedantry in academics and textbooks
  • Short length makes the video an effective introduction to Montaigne's philosophy
Cons
  • Video contains several images and discussion points that are likely inappropriate for the classroom (the 0:51 mark contains a vulgar picture; at 2:05, the video addresses Montaigne's discussion of impotence alongside several phallic images)
Common Core