Corporeality in Montaigne  

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Montaigne's essays are known for their embodied philosophy and corporeality, paying attention to such subjects as bodily functions.

"Not only does Montaigne praise the sensual philosopher, but he delights in acting the part. Already by page eleven he tells the reader he is shy about going to the bathroom and other acts that "our custom orders us to cover up." Nonetheless, in the course of the book, he discusses wet dreams and sexual impotency, confesses to two bouts of venereal disease, tells us he achieves orgasms quickly, and makes a mock-defense speech for his "member" in a court of law in a suit brought by the other body parts which are jealous of the one part's prestige [in Of the force of imagination. ]. There is also an entire essay dedicated to examining the various psychological and physical aspects of love, "On Some Verses Of Virgil", numerous discussions of his passing painful kidney stones, and discussions of vomiting blood and toilet behavior." --Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne's Politics of the Self (2001) is a book by Alan Levine.

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