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"Le sens humain y perd son Latin": Medicine and the Problem of Categorizing Knowledge in Montaigne's Essais

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In the final essay of the second book of his Essais, "De la resemblance des enfans aux peres," Montaigne specifically attacks medicine's claims to be a science capable of restoring the body to health. Though he finds affinities between his own writing style and the creation of medical knowledge insofar as it relies on experience and exemplary cases, he ultimately rejects medicine's claims to organize and understand the body. Rather than improving health, medicine in fact damages it by introducing categories that misunderstand the workings of the body and lead instead to disorder and sickness. Montaigne's critique of medicine raises questions about the Essais' approach to knowledge. Though he famously rejects the possibility of categorizing knowledge, he continually holds out hope for effective communication. This paper considers Montaigne's critique of medicine's use of categories as an avenue for clarifying his position towards communication, specifically the concept of distinguo.
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Parker, Sarah. ""Le sens humain y perd son Latin": Medicine and the Problem of Categorizing Knowledge in Montaigne's Essais" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480680_index.html>

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Parker, S. ""Le sens humain y perd son Latin": Medicine and the Problem of Categorizing Knowledge in Montaigne's Essais" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480680_index.html

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Abstract: In the final essay of the second book of his Essais, "De la resemblance des enfans aux peres," Montaigne specifically attacks medicine's claims to be a science capable of restoring the body to health. Though he finds affinities between his own writing style and the creation of medical knowledge insofar as it relies on experience and exemplary cases, he ultimately rejects medicine's claims to organize and understand the body. Rather than improving health, medicine in fact damages it by introducing categories that misunderstand the workings of the body and lead instead to disorder and sickness. Montaigne's critique of medicine raises questions about the Essais' approach to knowledge. Though he famously rejects the possibility of categorizing knowledge, he continually holds out hope for effective communication. This paper considers Montaigne's critique of medicine's use of categories as an avenue for clarifying his position towards communication, specifically the concept of distinguo.


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